shooting gallery n.
1. (drugs) a place, often an apartment or an abandoned building, used by a number of heroin addicts to take the drug; also attrib.
|Vanity Fair 41:4 60: Every day those undergoing treatment [in an unspecified prison] are lined up in what is known as the ‘shooting gallery’ to take their diminishing shots of [the] drug.|
|Selected Cases Decided in Courts of...New York 749: [T]hey would come to her apartment (which she characterized as a ‘shooting gallery’) as much as three or four times a day to inject drugs .|
|On the Road (The Orig. Scroll) (2007) 345: He had dug every shooting gallery and allnight movie and every brawling bar.|
|Rumble on the Docks (1955) 125: He [...] finds a shootin’ gallery, needles and everythin’.|
|Junkie (1966) 152: There was always some weed around and people were using my place as a shooting gallery.|
|On The Road (1972) 150: We’d go looking for him in every shooting gallery in town.|
|Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960) 168: ‘Man,’ Extra Black Johnson said to everybody, ‘let’s make tracks for mah shootin’ gallery.’ ‘No, your crib’s too far,’ Elijah said.|
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 97: When a junkie has a hotel room, the word spreads fast. All his friends and their friends stream in and the place turns into a shooting gallery.|
|Howard Street 24: An alley which serves as a shooting gallery for addicts.|
|Dopefiend (1991) 7: They came to his shooting gallery and begged for credit.|
|Giveadamn Brown (1997) 63: It looked like a typical shooting gallery mattress. Bloody, dirty, and puke-stained.|
|Observer Mag. 14 May 51: The filthy apartment was a ‘shooting-gallery’ – a junk emporium where £3.50 buys a shot of heroin.|
|Fort Apache, The Bronx 35: Murphy had once kicked in the door of a shooting gallery in an abandoned building to get at a psycho.|
|(con. 1938) Addicts Who Survived 133: This heroin pad was in a hotel room [...] he had about eight or ten sets of works on the table. It was more or less like a shooting gallery of today.|
|Homeboy 45: Not that you need them hangin out all day down in Cosimo’s gallery. [Ibid.] 60: The shooting gallery in Cosimo’s basement!|
|Sydney Morn. Herald 10 June 26/1: The ‘shooting galleries’ of king’s Cross — hotels that rent rooms by the minute to hundreds of drug addicts desperate for a fix.|
|The Joy (2015) [ebook] We crushed a load of the tablets down and set up a bit of an auld shooting gallery.|
|Corner (1998) 7: By ones and twos, the shooting gallery gives up its wraiths.|
|Outlaws (ms.) 41: There’s a shooting gallery up by the Brow.|
|(con. 1962) Stark 20: He hadn’t known that the toilet had become a favorite shooting gallery.|
|Salon.com 20 Nov. 🌐 I’ve never seen a dirty needle before, though I have worked in places where the bathroom was the local shooting gallery.|
|Killing Pool 35: His flat is far from being the worst shooting gallery I’ve encountered.|
2. (US black) a photographer’s studio.
|Man About Harlem 16 May [synd. col.] 125th street shooting gallery [...] a liittle sepian tot [...] saying ’Ma, can I get my pitcher took too?’.|
3. (US drugs) play on sense 3, the hospital ward for drug addicts undergoing withdrawal.
|Who Live In Shadow (1960) 35: Marilyn, along with all the other incoming patients, was sent to the ‘shooting gallery,’ the withdrawal ward.|
|Real Bohemia 62: I turned into the slammer [hospital]. I was stuck in the shooting gallery, cold turkey [withdrawal ward, without sedation].|
4. (UK Und.) a venue for burglary, robbery or other crimes.
|(con. 1950s–60s) in Little Legs 197: shooting gallery this has two meanings – [...] (ii) venues for burglary, robbery or other crimes.|
5. as sense 3 but used for smoking crack cocaine.
|Stump 118: Rocked and bagged the coke from where-the-fuck found its way into the galleries across the city.|