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    get high

    Dear teachers,

    could you please explain to me the meaning of this phrase? Does it necessarily imply the use of drugs, or it can simply mean "to enjoy one's time"?

    Here's the context:

    "Mohammed Bouyeri, the murderer of the Dutch fi lmmaker
    Theo van Gogh, was born and raised in Amsterdam.
    His father came from Morocco in the 1960s. Mohammed
    was not interested in religion when he grew up. His knowledge
    of Islam was rudimentary. He preferred to get high
    and chase girls".

    Thank you,

    G.

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    Re: get high

    Quote Originally Posted by giuly90 View Post
    Dear teachers,

    could you please explain to me the meaning of this phrase? Does it necessarily imply the use of drugs, or it can simply mean "to enjoy one's time"?

    Here's the context:

    "Mohammed Bouyeri, the murderer of the Dutch fi lmmaker
    Theo van Gogh, was born and raised in Amsterdam.
    His father came from Morocco in the 1960s. Mohammed
    was not interested in religion when he grew up. His knowledge
    of Islam was rudimentary. He preferred to get high
    and chase girls".

    Thank you,

    G.
    In this case it implies the use of drugs.


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    Re: get high

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    In this case it implies the use of drugs.
    Thank you, but may I ask you why it is so?


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    Re: get high

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Because of the way it is written. If there had been something to modify the term - "He got high on life" - the meaning would have changed. To say that "He got high", without further changes to the sentence means that he used drugs.
    Thank you. I am in doubt because I didn't find any confirmation of this fact on the Internet, which is a bit strange, isn't it? Apparently he was first arrested because of a riot, but ther is no mention of drug use.


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    Re: get high

    Quote Originally Posted by giuly90 View Post
    Thank you. I am in doubt because I didn't find any confirmation of this fact on the Internet, which is a bit strange, isn't it? Apparently he was first arrested because of a riot, but ther is no mention of drug use.
    The Internet does not and cannot provide an answer to everything. However, see here: Urban Dictionary: get high


    Some things you cannot expect to have explained in detail - they evolve from street language, and in Amsterdam drugs would be the obvious collocation.

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