Definition of speedball in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈspiːdbɔːl/


1 informal A mixture of cocaine with heroin.
Example sentences
  • Study participants were asked separate questions about their use of crack cocaine, powder cocaine, heroin, speedball, methadone, other opiates, amphetamine, marijuana, and a catch-all ‘other drugs’ category.
  • For heroin, this included snorting, injecting, smoking, and the use of speedballs (heroin and cocaine combined).
  • Drug use frequency is measured as no use, marijuana use (so-called ‘light’ drug), and crack, cocaine, heroin, speedball and/or methamphetamines.
2A small punchball used by boxers for practising quick punches.
Example sentences
  • We also did some cardiovascular work in the gym primarily with speedballs a boxer might use.
  • None of them had ever punched a speedball before, but they've taken to it like ducks to water.
  • We have a brand new ring, punch bags, speedball - all top-notch equipment.
3 [mass noun] US A ball game resembling soccer but in which the ball may be handled.

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