|poem in(ed.) New Pelican Guide to Eng. Lit. I (rev. edn 1982) 588: I have a powder for to selle, / Quat it is can I not telle; / It makit maydenys wonbys to swelle [? image of ‘gun’ and ‘gunpowder’].|
2. (US) a drink of liquor, thus powdered up, drunk [joc. use of SE powder, a medicine or a dose of medicine].
|Indoor Sports 22 Apr. [synd. cartoon] Yes the chef at the Grunewald in New Orleans showed me how to build this [i.e. a cocktail] and it’s some powder.|
|St Louis Post-Despatch 16 Jan. 25/2: Now, if you want to stick around here, you cut out the powders (whiskey).|
|Pittsburgh Press (PA) 14 June 11/7: ‘I drank $10 worth of brew [...] and I was all powdered up’.‘A Tale of Two Fists’ XXVI in|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 150: Powder.– A drink of liquor, seemingly taken from the fact that a drink often braces one up much as would a powdered medicine.|
|Pal Joey 99: I [...] was having a quiet powder.|
|Harder They Fall (1971) 123: It’s part of my racket to sit around [...] enjoying a friendly powder with the boys.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 813: powder – A drink of liquor.|
3. (drugs, also baking powder) any form of powdered drug, e.g. heroin, cocaine, amphetamine.
|Kid Scanlon 54: I’m not goin’ to stop anywheres for no powders.|
|L. Bogan [song title] Baking Powder Blues .|
|Gangland Stories Feb. 🌐 ‘Sniff another powder and forget it,’ Smooth advised. ‘You’re nuttier ’n hell.’.‘Facing the Mob’ in|
|Traffic In Narcotics 314: powder. A powdered drug.|
|Diet of Treacle (2008) 112: He never sold a grain of powder.|
|Property Of (1978) 189: He deals in powders. Cocaine and speed. [...] And some smack.|
|Cocaine Kids (1990) 7: By 1984 [...] only a few customers were asking for powder.|
|Powder 59: Sort us some powder?|
|Pimp’s Rap 110: (specifically heroin) I’ll move all the weed you want, but don’t ever dump any coke or powder on me. Never.|
|Royal Family 353: She got five dollars’ worth of powder from a dealer [...] and after taking a little snort for heself [etc.].|
|Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 144/2: powder n. = speed sense 1.|
|🎵 On parole well I’m a pistol packer, drugs sold, powder jacker.‘Gravy’|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] Danny [...] had his father’s weakness for the powder.‘In Savage Freedom’ in|
|Gospel of the Game 20: Let’s have a drink and some powder.|
|Glorious Heresies 38: The smart ones [...] stayed within the realms of pills and powder.|
|Dead Man’s Trousers 23: His voice high, fuelled by powder.|
|Cherry 155: You could get a little weed in. You could get a little powder. Prescription drugs were wide open.|
a wholesale distribution centre for narcotics.
|Boston Blitz (1974) 133: Knocking over two ‘powder factories’—wholesale distribution centres for hard narcotics.|
see separate entry.
(US) a bar, a tavern.
|Two & Three 4 Nov. [synd. col.] Getting a snifter in this man’s town is a tougher job than keeping a crease in a mail order catalogue suit [...] All the powder works are now United Cheroot stores.|
see separate entry.
(US) to drink alcohol; to become drunk.
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 150: Powder Up. – To drink; to become intoxicated.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 813: powder up – To drink; to become intoxicated.|