nounBritish • informal
- A narcotic drug or drugs used to subdue a disruptive person, typically a patient in an institution: health experts have denied claims that sedatives are being used as a chemical cosh for the elderlyMore example sentences
- Dementia patients could be better treated with common painkillers such as paracetamol rather than chemical cosh anti-psychotic drugs, a study has found.
- Some of his songs dealt directly with asylum life, as viewed by an inmate through the haze of a chemical cosh.
- She discovered that she had been injected with a chemical cosh of sedatives at the age of seven while in council care.