1. (also spike up) to add alcohol (clandestinely) to an ostensibly non-alcoholic drink; occas. of adding flavour to non-alcoholic drinks (see cit. 1949).
|inPoor White (1939) 133: Water from biled hops an’ poke root, an’ sweetened wi’ lasses and spiked wi’ good strong whiskey .|
|DN II:i 63: spike, v. To fortify a drink by adding wine or spirits.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
|DN IV:iii 229: spike, v. To flavor with wine or whiskey, as ‘She spikes her cakes’.‘A West Texas Word List’ in|
|Rampant Age 148: Sorry I haven’t got anything to spike this stuff up with.|
|AS IX:1 27: spike. To doctor beer.‘Prison Parlance’ in|
|This Week Mag. 7 May 20/2: Drinking water tastes so bad it has to be spiked with lime or orange extract [DA].|
|Walk on the Wild Side 28: She spiked a coke with tequila.|
|Felony Tank (1962) 121: She spiked her own coffee.|
|You Flash Bastard 92: She fetched him milk, and a tissue. ‘Want it spiked with scotch?’.|
|Guardian G2 25 Aug. 9: I nicked booze from home to bring to school, where we spiked our cokes.|
|Dreamcatcher 364: He might be able to promote something to spike his coffee with.|
|Riptide Ultra-Glide 130: Coleman sipped a bottle of Dr Pepper spiked with vodka.|
2. to adulterate ‘near-beer’ (brewed during Prohibition) with a mixture of ginger beer and pure alcohol.
|Really the Blues 63: These barrels of near beer were trucked out to the Arrowhead to be spiked.|
3. to adulterate a drink, alcoholic or otherwise, or food, with a knockout drug.
|Cry Tough! 209: Now how about us gettin’ back to the pieces we were workin’ on, spikin’ their drinks, and dragging them over to our place.|
|Groucho Letters (1967) 159: A pint of cough medicine spiked with benzedrine.letter 11 Apr. in|
|Benny Muscles In (2004) 298: That sharp, bitter whiskey. I remember now [...] You spiked it.|
|Too Many Crooks Spoil the Caper 100: Any idea how they spiked the whisky?|
|Foetal Attraction (1994) 128: All she had to do was spike his food with olive oil to boomerang him back into the clinic.|
|Beyond Black 206: I’m baffled about that episode [...] I think it must have been when we went to that café-bar in Northhampton, somebody must have spiked my drink.|
4. to (clandestinely) put a hallucinogenic drug (usu. LSD) into a drink or, occas., food.
|Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1969) 275: He laughed and held me very close and told me that the Kool-Aid had been ‘spiked’ and that I was just beginning my first LSD experience.|
|Airtight Willie and Me 214: Ain’t it some bad shit [...] It’s spiked with angel dust.|
|Guardian Rev. 5 Nov. 23: Some grunged-out, narco-terrorist had spiked the water supply with acid.|
|Grits 123: Tha fuckin cunt Mickah. Spiked me fuckin drink with a trip.|
5. to adulterate food or drink with a foreign substance other than a drug, i.e. ground glass.
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 7: It wasn’t the first time she’d spiked his food [...] [a] little ant killer here, a dollop of furniture polish there. All in nuptial fun.|
|Crooked Little Vein 1: I spiked bait with warfarin.|
6. (drugs) to adulterate a narcotic with some form of poison.
|Wire ser. 2 ep. 4 [TV script] Just tell yourself that I spiked it, and be grateful you’re still standing.‘Hard Cases’|