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chemical cosh Line breaks: chem|ical cosh

Definition of chemical cosh in English:


British 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 elderly
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  • 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.

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