Recent Examples of gateway drug from the Web
Pornography is a gateway drug to orgies with strippers!
Designed for 10-year-olds, the little buggy is a $5,000 gateway drug for dirt fiends.
Either way, there's no better gateway drug to philately than a howling V-8.
Sessions blasted marijuana as a gateway drug and lamented the country's more permissive attitude toward pot.
Monster Hunter: World is the series' biggest splash yet, a gateway drug for new players and a big, beautiful HD version of a game that's lived on tiny screens for most of its history.
Their movie was The Tiara Diaries, a spoof of The Princess Diaries, possibly the whitest film ever made. or some, improv is a gateway drug, a career obligation.
The Pull Chop, with its ease of use and even easier cleanup, was my gateway drug to regular vegetable consumption as an adult.
The allegation is that Big Pharma used deceptive marketing to hook millions of Americans on prescription painkillers, which served as gateway drugs to more potent opioids like heroin and fentanyl.
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First Known Use of gateway drug
GATEWAY DRUG Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gateway drug for English Language Learners
: a drug (such as alcohol or marijuana) that is thought to lead to the use of more dangerous drugs (such as cocaine or heroin)
medical Definition of gateway drug
- To end at the beginning, nicotine … is now considered a “gateway drug,” as it commonly precedes and is comorbid with other substance use.
- —Donald A. Henderson, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 9 June 1999
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