pep pill

n
a tablet of amphetamine or a similar drug. This term was used in the 1940s when stimulant drugs such as caffeine and benzedrine were taken to combat fatigue and sleep. The expression was used by illicit drug takers until the early 1960s when it was appropriated by spokesmen for the anti-drug establish-ment and the media.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • pep pill — ► NOUN informal ▪ a pill containing a stimulant drug …   English terms dictionary

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  • pep pill — ☆ pep pill n. Slang any of various pills or tablets containing a stimulant, esp. amphetamine …   English World dictionary

  • pep pill — noun a central nervous system stimulant that increases energy and decreases appetite; used to treat narcolepsy and some forms of depression • Syn: ↑amphetamine, ↑upper, ↑speed • Hypernyms: ↑stimulant, ↑stimulant drug, ↑excitant, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • pep pill — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms pep pill : singular pep pill plural pep pills informal old fashioned a drug that makes you feel livelier or happier and is sometimes taken illegally …   English dictionary

  • pep pill — /ˈpɛp pɪl/ (say pep pil) noun 1. a pill or tablet that consists of a stimulant drug, as amphetamine. 2. any substance taken as a stimulant …   Australian English dictionary

  • pep pill — n. a stimulant pill or capsule, such as an amphetamine. □ The doctor prescribed some kind of pep pills, but I refused to take them. □ Got any pep pills or anything? …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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