speedball

noun
speed·​ball | \ ˈspēd-ˌbȯl How to pronounce speedball (audio) \

Definition of speedball

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 slang : a dose of cocaine mixed with heroin or morphine or an amphetamine and usually taken by injection
2 : a game which resembles soccer but in which a ball caught in the air may be passed with the hands and in which a score is made by kicking or heading the ball between the goalposts or by a successful forward pass over the goal line
3 : one that is outstandingly fast

speedball

verb
speedballed; speedballing; speedballs

Definition of speedball (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

slang
: to take a speedball especially by injection

Examples of speedball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some 18 months later, the 27-year-old Neo-expressionist master died from a speedball overdose. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 One of the latest transplant recipients is the 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye, a 797-hp speedball of nostalgia and excess. Maxwell B. Mortimer, Car and Driver, 23 Nov. 2020 One of the latest transplant recipients is the 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye, a 797-hp speedball of nostalgia and excess. Maxwell B. Mortimer, Car and Driver, 23 Nov. 2020 One of the latest transplant recipients is the 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye, a 797-hp speedball of nostalgia and excess. Maxwell B. Mortimer, Car and Driver, 23 Nov. 2020 One of the latest transplant recipients is the 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye, a 797-hp speedball of nostalgia and excess. Maxwell B. Mortimer, Car and Driver, 23 Nov. 2020 One of the latest transplant recipients is the 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye, a 797-hp speedball of nostalgia and excess. Maxwell B. Mortimer, Car and Driver, 23 Nov. 2020 One of the latest transplant recipients is the 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye, a 797-hp speedball of nostalgia and excess. Maxwell B. Mortimer, Car and Driver, 23 Nov. 2020 One of the latest transplant recipients is the 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye, a 797-hp speedball of nostalgia and excess. Maxwell B. Mortimer, Car and Driver, 23 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of speedball

Noun

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Speedball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speedball. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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