purple drank

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purple drank (uncountable)

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  1. (slang) A recreational drug based on cough syrup, popular in the hip-hop community in the southern United States.
    • 2007, Kenny Attaway, Slum Beautiful (page 40)
      The infamous purple drank made me dizzy and sick, but I loved its aftertaste.
    • 2011, Kenaz Filan, The Power of the Poppy: Harnessing Nature's Most Dangerous Plant Ally (page 211)
      Instead of listening to the message, people find it easier to blame the messenger. Hip-hop may have promoted purple drank, but it did not create it. OxyContin abuse became a national emergency without a backing soundtrack.