button, noun

Origin:
U.S. EnglishShow more Probably a transferred use of U.S. English button ‘a small quantity of narcotic’.
slang
a. Among drug-users: a methaqualone tablet (trade name Mandrax), often crushed and smoked with dagga (marijuana): see white pipe (pipe sense 2 b).
1979 [see stop sense 1 a].
1993 Fair Lady 21 Apr. 76Mandrax...The ‘buttons’ as the drug is called on the street are often hidden in the seams of saris. ‘Buttons’ are produced in Bombay at a cost of about 30 cents a tablet. In South Africa the same tablet is sold..for R20.
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button-kop /-kɔp/ noun [Afrikaans kop head, as in U.S. English -head user of (a drug)], a Mandrax user.
1984 Cape Times 19 Apr.When a ‘button-kop’ (Mandrax user) like me puts out his hand, he needs immediate help...Mandrax..is the most readily available and the most used drug in Cape Town.
1991 C. Broster Informant, Cape TownButton kop. Mandrax addict. That guy’s really hooked; a total button kop.
a methaqualone tablet (trade name Mandrax), often crushed and smoked with dagga (marijuana): see white pipepipe2 b.
, a Mandrax user.

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