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nod out

American and Australian English
This page is about the slang term nod out.

Meaning: to go unconscious after taking a narcotic drug like heroin

For example:

  • After injecting some heroin, Wayne's head slowly drooped forward as he nodded out.

  • The most dangerous time for a heroin user is when they nod out. If no-one is there to wake them up, they can go unconscious and die.

Variety: This is typically used in American and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

Kenny was sitting in his chair nodding out because he'd

a. taken some heroin

b. eaten some noodles

c. drunk some coffee

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Contributor: Matt Errey