Green’s Dictionary of Slang

sick n.

1. illness.

[UK] ‘’Arry at the Sea-Side’ in Punch 10 Sept. 111/1: Relations are that bloomin’ selfish, it fair gives a feller the sick.

2. (drugs, also kick-sick, sickness) the illness that accompanies withdrawal from drug addiction.

[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US]N. Algren ‘Watch Out for Daddy’ in Entrapment (2009) 128: Daddy don’t let hisself come sick in his mind, heart and bowels like me. He puts his own sickness down for the sake of mine.
[US]N. Algren ‘Watch Out for Daddy’ in Entrapment (2009) 133: Then the big sick hit me bigger and sicker than before.
[US]J.E. Schmidt Narcotics Lingo and Lore 167: Sickness – Narcotic withdrawal distress.
[US]E. Grogan Ringolevio 41: That [i.e. an injection of heroin] took his sick off for the time being.
[US](con. 1950s) Courtwright & Des Jarlais Addicts Who Survived 140: When he would go in to talk about his ‘sickness’ the doctor would tell him ‘You don’t have to go through all this.’.
[US](con. 1930s–60s) H. Huncke Guilty of Everything (1998) 277: I had to do the whole five grains just to get my sickness off. I was in bad shape.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 15: I just need one to take off the sick.
[US]J. Stahl Permanent Midnight 367: My paranoia [...] has clocked in along with the kick-sick.
[Aus]L. Davies Candy 26: Until about midday I felt fine with the dope in my system [...] I thought maybe the descent into sickness wouldn’t happen.
[US]G. Pelecanos Right As Rain 237: The man [...] had a zero kind of look on his face like he had the sickness.

In phrases

good sick (n.)

(drugs) the short-lived bout of vomiting that can follow an injection of heroin.

[US]R.R. Lingeman Drugs from A to Z (1970).
[US]Lewin & Lewin Thes. of Sl. 416/2: Vomit [...] good stick [sic].
BehaveNet [Internet] Heroin: [...] Related Terms [...] good sick (nausea after injection).

SE in slang uses

In phrases

give someone the sick (v.)

to disgust.

[US]H.L. Williams Darkey Sleep-Walker 3: It gives me the sick to see such walking mummies.
[UK]W.S. Maugham Liza of Lambeth (1966) 7: It’s too bloomin’ slow [...] it gives me the sick.
Bystander (London) 17 Dec. 3/1: ‘I sez it gives me the sick ter think o’ the torfs a-tikin’ the air in the Swiss’.
[US]S. Stewart ‘The Contract of Corporal Twing’ in O’Brien & Cournos Best Short Stories 327: You gospel wallahs is all alike. You give me the bleedin’ sick, wiv your trust and bloody faif.
[Ire]S. O’Casey Shadow of a Gunman Act I: Wouldn’t that Tommy Owens give you the sick – only waitin’ to hear the call!
[UK]J. Curtis Gilt Kid 81: Oh for Christ’s sake get out of here before I set about you. You give me the sick sitting up there.
[UK]‘Charles Raven’ Und. Nights 164: I don’t want to see him because he gives me the sick.