1. in US drug use [pun on SE snow/snow n.1 (2)].
(a) the taking of cocaine; also attrib.
|‘Experience’ in Songs of the Amer. West (1968) 324: Next I took a short sleigh ride, / An’ felt the wide world was mine.et al.|
|Und. and Prison Sl. 67: sleighride party. (From snow.) A party which features the taking of cocaine.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Traffic In Narcotics 315: sleigh ride. A spree after indulging in drugs. Also a drug addict.|
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore.|
|[||Long & Faraway Gone [ebook] ‘Plenty of room in Santa’s sleigh.’ Wink, wink. Santa’s sleigh—snow—cocaine. Get it?].|
(b) rarely, the taking of morphine (which is also white) or heroin.
|Flynn’s mag. cited in Partridge DU (1949) Sleigh-ride, n. A jab of morphine from a hypodermic syringe or the resulting state of intoxication.‘Dict. Und.’ in|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 172: Sleigh Ride. – Originally a debauch on heroin, ‘snow,’ amplified to include any dream or state of elation induced by drugs.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 818: sleigh ride – A debauch on heroin.|
2. (US Und.) a deception, a trick [pun on snow v.].
|Judge (NY) 91 July-Dec. 31: Sleigh-ride- a run a round, the raspberry.|
|Phila. Eve. Bulletin 5 Oct. 40/5: Here are a few more terms and definitions from the ‘Racket’ vocabulary: [...] ‘sleigh ride,’ a trick.|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 172: SLEIGH RIDE. – [...] used to indicate an absolutely impossible or unlikely idea or action, or to refer to the cheating or fleecing of a victim. [...] ‘We gave him a sleigh ride’ – we cheated him by a false story or by sharp practice.|
|Dict. Service Sl. n.p.: a sleighride . . . recounting imaginary exploits.|
|Hoodlums (2021) 144: Somehow he would get the money. If necessary, take Martin for a sleigh ride.|
|Undercover 108: [T]hey would have to produce certifiable results [...] or that would be the end of the sleigh ride.|
to take cocaine or morphine.
|It’s a Racket! 238: sleigh ride—To go for a ‘sleigh ride,’ i.e. to use morphine or cocaine.|
|AS VIII:2 27: Bernice or burnese is crystallized cocaine prepared for inhaling into the lungs. To go on a sleigh ride is to inhale the bernice and experience the consequent exhilaration.‘Junker Lingo’ in|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 166: on a sleigh ride Under the influence of cocaine.|
|Traffic In Narcotics 309: Go on a sleigh ride. To experience the exhilaration of inhaling crystallized cocaine.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 10: Go on a sleigh ride — To inhale cocaine.|
1. to take cocaine.
|Gay-cat 304: Snow—cocaine The user of cocaine is called a ‘snow-bird,’ and the act of using the drug termed ‘taking a sleigh ride’.|
|Gun Molls Sept. 🌐 I’ll take a little trip and get me a real sleigh ride.‘Gats in the Hat’ in|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 232: take a sleigh ride To inhale cocaine.|
2. to take morphine (which is also white).
|Chicago May (1929) 260: Taking a sleigh ride—getting morphine.|