1. (drugs) an injection of a narcotic which ‘fixes one up’ when one is ‘sick’; the usual presumption being that the drug is heroin.
|Lang. Und. (1981) 102/1: fix. Var. of fix-up. A ration of narcotics, especially one to be injected.‘Lang. of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in|
|Huncke Reader (1998) 309: I want a fix because it helps me believe in life again.‘Bryant Park’ in|
|San Diego Eve. Trib. 28 June A1/4 in AS XXVII:1 25: I went across the border for a fix of heroin.‘Teen-age Hophead Jargon’|
|Flat 4 King’s Cross (1966) 112: Johnny was a mainliner. He injected the drug directly into his vein, and that was the end of the road for an addict. There was nowhere to go after that but to take stronger and more frequent ‘fixes’.|
|Shake Him Till He Rattles (1964) 61: At least four good fixes, he calculated, and raised the powder to his tongue to see how deeply it had been cut.|
|Enderby Outside in Complete Enderby (2002) 327: here was a new man there, a Scot apparently, for he talked of ‘a wee bit fixie’.|
|Blue Movie (1974) 188: I give enough fixes in the Army I could be a first-class dope pusher awready!|
|Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 99: Drug-crazed hippie dying for a fix.West in|
|Detective is Dead (1996) 112: What ‘decent trading atmosphere’ could you have selling fixes to the hooked?|
|Urban Dict. [Internet] Everyone in the school except maybe the frosh knows who sells the dime bags or even a quick fix of smack or meth.|
|Life 286: After all that [i.e. withdrawal], after a week of that shit, I need a fix.|
|Broken 202: ‘He pr9omised it would be his last fix before he [...] got clean’.‘Sunset’ in|
2. (drugs) a small amount of cocaine or heroin, good for a single injection.
|Gay Detective (2003) 111: ‘The same waiter also offered a ‘fix,’’ or a short supply of cocaine.|
|S.R.O. (1998) 72: ‘What’s wrong with the fix you say she bought?’.|
3. an ingestion of any drug.
|Diet of Treacle (2008) 43: [of marijuana] A fix lifted him into another mental sphere.|
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 13: An experienced narcotics cop, or a longtime addict, can with surprising reliability spot a user in a group of twenty people, state with authority what kind of drug he is on, approximately how long it has been since his last fix, and whether or not he is at that moment ‘dirty,’ carrying drugs.|
|Campus Sl. Spring 2: caffeine fix – coffee, generally, or perhaps tea: I need to get a caffeine fix.|
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4. (US) a compulsive desire or thrill.
|On the Yard (2002) 43: This is my fix [...] I lead other people’s lives.|
|Maclean’s (Toronto) 31 Oct. 20: ‘Is this going to happen every day?’ was a repeated bleat from those deprived of their Monday soap fix.|
|Indep. Rev. 18 Oct. 14: She developed a habit of getting her fix from the Web.|
|OG Dad 25: E was addicted to speed, but not the narcotic kind. Her fix was the kind that puts you in danger [...] of brutal violent death on a daily basis.|
5. anything that satisfies a craving, e.g. for food.
|(con. 1982–6) Cocaine Kids (1990) 123: The market was changing from young white buyers from New Jersey to an increasingly sleazy crowd who begged for a hit and needed what had become a cocaine fix.|
|Rivethead (1992) 99: Anytime I needed a quick fix of cheer, all I had to do was hook up with Dave.|
|Lonely Planet Budapest 134: [The cafe] won’t win any culinary awards but it’s central and just the ticket should you need a fix of rice or noodles after a concert.|
|Big Issue (Cape Town) 10 Jan. 8/1: Tattoo aficionados and the tattoo curious can get their ink fix at the third annual Southern Ink Exposure.|
6. a hypodermic syringe.
|Life 320: ‘Got the shit, but I ain’t got a fix.’ [...] And there’d be some very pretty chick, total junkie, who’d lend you her needle.|