(US Und.) a jail sentence (often of one year).
|Sandburrs 57: Red Mike gets ten spaces in Sing Sing.‘Red Mike’ in|
|Boss 101: He got four spaces!|
|Adventures of Jimmie Dale (1918) II x: Husbands and fathers unfortunate enough in their clashes with the law to be doing ‘spaces’ up the river.|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 177: Space. –A year in gaol or prison, and by extension, any sentence, as ‘three spaces,’ three years, etc.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 218: space A one year sentence; a one year measurement of time to serve in prison.|
|DAUL 202/1: Spaces. (South) Years, especially years in prison. ‘Ten spaces on the rattler (chain gang) is sad pullin’ (hard to bear).’.et al.|
SE in slang uses
Based on being ‘high’ on drugs
(drugs) a cigar stuffed with a mixture of phencyclidine and crack cocaine.
|Crackhouse 151: spacebase cigar with tobacco removed and refilled with angel dust (PCP) and crack-cocaine.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 20: Spaceball — PCP used with crack. [Ibid.] Space base [...] Space cadet [...] Space dust — Crack dipped in PCP; hollowed out cigar refilled with PCP and crack.|
1. (drugs) any heavy user of drugs, esp. cannabis or hallucinogens, who is continually ‘flying’; also attrib.
|Ladies’ Man (1985) 152: After about ten minutes of nonblink space cadet paralysis I rapped Donny on the knee.|
|More Tales of the City (1984) 72: They’re all space cadets, man. They ain’t listenin’.|
|What’s the Good Word? 217: ‘Space cadets’ [...] or merely ‘cadets’ are those who seem a little out of touch with the material world.|
|Acid House 275: Raymie Airlie and Spud Murphy, two space cowboys of the highest order.‘A Smart Cunt’ in|
|Happy Like Murderers 203: The lodgers and the space cadets who hung around with the lodgers were mostly too out of it to care.|
2. (US, also space queen) a mad or eccentric person.
|US Air Force Dict. 479: Space cadet. A hot pilot; a pilot that shows off.|
|Campus Sl. Nov. 3: space cadette – someone who acts spaced out, i.e., as if he has been on drugs; out of touch with reality.|
|Union Dues (1978) 312: ‘How many people you kill over there?’ ‘Didn’t count.’ ‘Didn’t count! Is that great? Comes back such a mindfuck he can’t remember. Fuckin space cowboy.’.|
|Campus Sl. Spring 8: space queen – generally a person who seems to have their head in the clouds.|
|🎵 Like my mother is like a total space cadet (Valley Girl) / She like makes me do the dishes and (Valley Girl) / CLEAN the cat box.‘Valley Girl’|
|Lucky You 66: The sort of space cadet who could misplace a $14 million lottery ticket.|
|Black Swan Green 72: My cousin Jason Taylor is such a space cadet.|
3. (US campus) a misfit, an unappealing person.
|Duck and Cover 154: If it weren’t for science, this kid would be a complete space cadet.|
(drugs) a cake which is baked with cannabis as an extra ingredient.
|Acid House 23: Swallowing a lump of spacecake.‘Eurotrash’|
|Grits 9: Roger’s brought his ideas uv a spacecake (uh Spar-bought Swiss roll sliced down thuh middle with resin sprinkled intuh it).|
|Metro (London) 5 Sept. 11: A prankster who fed cannabis-laced ‘space cakes’ to two pensioners [...] has been jailed.|
a crazy person.
|Campus Sl. Mar. 6: space case – person lacking common sense.|
|Further Tales of the City (1984) 87: I am such a space case.|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 5: space cookie – person who is out of touch.|
|Six Out Seven (1994) 358: So, what the fuck is he, man? Some sorta space-case like Beamer?|
|Campus Sl. Apr. 8: space ghost – someone who is unaware of what’s going on.|
|She Woke Up Married 85: She was a total space case teaching us art. I swear she was on acid.|
|Star Island (2011) 28: I was a peculiar gig, working as an undercover stunt double for a celebrity space case.|
(Aus. prison/US) one who is intoxicated on drugs; depending on context, an eccentric or madman.
|Burn, Killer, Burn! 320: ‘Hey you there, space man – come here!’ [He] crooked a commanding finger at the junkie.|
|Passing Time (1988) 6: ‘Hey, spaceman,’ said Roger.|
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. 🌐 Space man. A crazy or intoxicated (especially drugs) prisoner.|
|Monster 149: When he shows, he shows correct but sometime he act like a spaceman or something.|
|Layer Cake 235: Those space pills, I want to buy them, how much?|
|🌐 Street names [...] Space Biscuits, Disco Biscuits, Pink Smarties, China White, M25’s, Triple XXX, Dove, ‘E’, Love Doves, M and M’s, MDMA, Shamrocks, X, XTC, Adam.Police and Schools Liaison Programme|
(drugs) a glass pipe used to smoke crack cocaine.
|ONDCP Street Terms 20: Space ship — Glass pipe used to smoke crack.|
(US campus) someone who is out of touch with reality.
|Campus Sl. Nov.|
(US) an SF or outer space drama film; also attrib.
|Sat. Rev. Lit. (US) 24 Dec. 7: No less than eight of this year’s crop of science-fiction novels are what is known in the trade as ‘space operas’—books built round the theme of interplanetary travel.|
|Sat. Rev. Lit. (US) 17 June 32: He tells a better story and tells it better than any of the other three writers who have entries in the ‘space opera’ category this spring.|