1. any unpleasant experience caused by drug use, esp. with LSD.
|Esquire July 44–45: freakout—a bad LSD experience.|
|Burden of Proof 150: They want pot. They need acid. They’re proud of taking a trip even if it’s a freakout.|
|Rolling Stone 22 Sept. 57: The onstage freak-out brought on by dope and who knows what else.|
|Experience 153: He experimented [...] with LSD. To me he seemed to be on the verge of total freakout for several hours.|
2. anxiety, ranging from twinges of fear to a full nervous breakdown, varying as to context.
|Proud Highway (1997) 637: This caused a general freak-out among local merchants who fear for the tourist trade.letter 28 Aug. in|
|Blue Movie (1974) 218: The instant Angela went into her freak-out, Fred the First had summoned the company physician.|
|Misery (1988) 212: He was edging towards a state of terminal freak-out.|
|Trainspotting 158: Sensin a freak oot, he sortay lets the lassie go.|
|Kill Your Darlings 41: Ned [...] who, after some horrific mid-life freak-out, now lived a tranquil, and probably tranquillized, life as a handyman.|
3. a gathering of young people, esp. hippies, to enjoy music and take drugs together.
|Proud Highway (1997) 607: I should be back in San Francisco for the summer freak-out by sometime in June.letter 21 Mar. in|
|Kings Road 98: We had the wildest freak-out last night.|
|Powder 27: The Grams were enjoying the sort of bacchanalian freakout usually the preserve of mushied-up drongos invading Stonehenge for the Solstice.|
4. an orgy.
|‘Groupie Gloss.’ onGroupies [album] Freak scene: sexual orgy.|
|Chili 41: It was scheduled to be a freak out. We were all going to get buck naked and fuck ourselves into bad health.|
5. an explosion of temper.
|Miseducation of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (2004) 19: So the old pair have a major freak out, and we’re talking major.|
6. (Aus.) any notably bizarre event, e.g. a black mass.
|Leaving Bondi (2013) [ebook] What a fuckin freak-out. [...] I’d have finished tied up on the altar with the May Queen as an offering to Zamzak.|