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gateway drug Line breaks: gate|way drug
Pronunciation: /ˈɡeɪtweɪdrʌɡ/

Definition of gateway drug in English:


A drug which supposedly leads the user on to more addictive or dangerous drugs: he said he still believed that cannabis was a ‘gateway drug’ to harder substances
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  • It's still a gateway drug for meth or cocaine; I wouldn't want my kids out there recreationally smoking marijuana.
  • The Mexican authorities were shocked at the liberalisation of the drug in Britain, he said, as marijuana was a gateway drug to cocaine.
  • Instead, the legal status of marijuana makes it a gateway drug.
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