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(1) "Chasing the dragon" is a method of smoking opium (opium is often referred to as a dragon in asian cultures). The opium is heated on some kind of metal and a fine line of smoke evolves from the heated drug. This smoke is now to be "chased" (meaning breathed in), often through a small tube, like a straw.
(2) Also used to describe a similar method of smoking other drugs (heroine, crack, etc)
In many cultures it is common to chase the dragon every day.
by ederstone May 24, 2004
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Used by Steely Dan in the song "Time out of mind"
"Tonight when I chase the dragon the water may change to cherry wine. And the silver will turn to gold, time out of mind."
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Chasing the dragon is smoking heroin off the silver foil usually found in gum wrappers.
by cn1999 September 23, 2003
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