strung out


Definition of strung out

1 : physically debilitated (as from long-term drug addiction)
2 : addicted to a drug
3 : intoxicated or stupefied from drug use

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stars strung out across the galaxy she seems to have been strung out for most of the 1960s
Recent Examples on the Web When the withdrawal order was issued, U.S. troops were strung out across northern Syria from near the Iraq border as far west as Manbij. CBS News, "Humanitarian crisis unfolds as violence escalates in Syria," 14 Oct. 2019 It has been predicted that 60% of the hydrogen created during the Big Bang can be seen as long filaments strung out across space in the cosmic web. Fox News, "Mysterious ‘cosmic web’ that sticks the universe together pictured for first time," 9 Oct. 2019 But swim a little farther and pieces of regenerating staghorn coral appear, strung out on a line, waiting to be tied onto rocks in an effort to repair the damage done to reefs by man and nature. Washington Post, "AP Photos: Saving Jamaica’s coral, an undersea labor of love," 18 Sep. 2019 The evening’s final susurrating vocalist was Zola Jesus, her words strung out as extended, aching vowels, spiked by the euphoric minimalist backing of a string quartet. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At Descanso Gardens, music meets nature and ‘Silence’ means many things," 8 Sep. 2019 Using his phone again, Mr Elder changes the colours and brightness of the 1,000 light-emitting diodes (LEDs) strung out above each tray. The Economist, "New ways to make vertical farming stack up," 29 Aug. 2019 In the '60s, a lot of soldiers were coming home from Vietnam strung out. Bruce Tomaso, Dallas News, "Grit and grace: SMU's Hal Recinos left street life to become poet and professor," 19 Aug. 2019 The only color comes from clotheslines strung out over the valley. Rachel Poser, Harper's magazine, "Common Ground," 19 Aug. 2019 And you could be strung out for months before a decision is made about whether an appliance will be replaced. Lew Sichelman,, "Housing Scene: Consumer groups turn up heat on warranties, Angie’s List," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of strung out

circa 1959, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of strung out was circa 1959

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13 Nov 2019

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“Strung out.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of strung out

informal : strongly affected by an illegal drug
: spread out with spaces between

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