Green’s Dictionary of Slang

sleighride v.

[sleighride n.]

1. (US) in drug uses.

(a) to inhale cocaine; thus sleigh-rider n., one who inhales cocaine; sleigh-riding n., inhaling cocaine.

[US]Sat. Eve. Post 15 Feb. in DN IV:ii 127: ‘Coke sniffer,’ explained Tom. ‘They call cocaine crystals snow and a coke user is a sleigh rider.’.
[US]C.S. Montanye ‘White as Snow’ Detective Story 18 Feb. 🌐 Mike the Mouse picked up his acquaintance in a Rialto cafe and promptly learned [...] that the man was a ‘sleigh rider’.
[US]C. Sandburg ‘Cocaine Lil’ in Amer. Songbag 206: She wore a snowbird hat and sleigh-riding clothes.
[US]E. Caldwell Bastard (1963) 35: ‘Be careful,’ Rose whispered [...] ‘she’s sleigh-riding.’.
[US]D. Clemmer Prison Community (1940) 335/2: sleigh rider, n. A user of ‘snow,’ i.e., cocaine.
[US]J.E. Schmidt Narcotics Lingo and Lore.
[US]E.E. Landy Underground Dict. (1972).

(b) to take morphine (which is also white).

[US]N. Algren Man with the Golden Arm 326: I’d be back sleigh-ridin’ in two days without you.

(c) to give someone cocaine.

[US] ‘Cocaine Nell’ B. Jackson Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 124: I’m gonna sleigh-ride you.

2. to deceive, to trick [pun on snow v.].

[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 197/2: Sleigh-rlde, v. (P) To send on a wild goose chase; to mock and mislead.
[US]Ragen & Finston World’s Toughest Prison 818: sleigh-ride – To cheat by a false story or by sharp practice.