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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Synonyms & Antonyms for strung out


blasted [slang], blitzed [slang], bombed, high, hopped-up, loaded [slang], ripped [slang], spaced-out (or spaced), stoned, wasted [slang], wiped out [slang], zonked, zonked-out


sober, straight

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Examples of strung out in a Sentence

stars strung out across the galaxy she seems to have been strung out for most of the 1960s

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Some of the biggest Supreme Court decisions in 2018 almost certainly would have gone the other way if McConnell had not strung out Obama's final nomination, Merrick Garland, until his term expired, allowing Trump to nominate Neil Gorsuch instead. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "McConnell: Trump's Supreme Court picks 'should be considered fairly'," 28 June 2018 In September, Peru Ecocamp will open with five deluxe camps strung out along the Salkantay trail leading to Machu Picchu. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "Glamping Slips Into the Mainstream," 15 June 2018 That’s also why its addiction to Trump is leaving some audiences feeling strung out. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "S.N.L. Struggles to Find Its Identity in the Era of Trump Fatigue," 17 May 2018 The archipelago of islands strung out into the Caribbean, filled with an increasing number of high-end resorts and expensive beach homes, leaves little room for those with lower incomes. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "In Florida Keys, land trust aims to bring affordable housing back post-hurricane," 11 May 2018 Her mother, Stacy, was too high on prescription opioids, drunk on vodka or strung out on heroin to care. David Kelly,, "She's spent years keeping her mom alive. Now a state lawmaker, she's fighting the opioid crisis," 18 Apr. 2018 Even if that vote stalls, there appears to be enough bipartisan support to pass it eventually, though a short-term deal may be needed to get past procedural hurdles that could string out a final vote for a day or so. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "U.S. House wants to protect Great Lakes, Michigan funding," 22 Mar. 2018 Sometimes Mac strings out a narrative in which the songs fit in, almost like a musical. Mark Swed,, "The brash, profane, funny, infuriating, high-flying first chapter of Taylor Mac's '24-Decade History'," 16 Mar. 2018 Individual crystals that normally were equant and half an inch in size had been strung out like taut pieces of string into thin lines several feet long, each precisely parallel to all those around it — a metaphorical pencil in the gneiss. Longreads, "The Quest for the Collision Zone: An Arctic Expedition," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of strung out

circa 1959, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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a tendency to relapse

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