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date: 28 September 2020

yen-shee in 224......... n. [Chinese or mock-Chinese; note Irwin, Amer. Tramp and Und.Slang (1931): ‘Despite the declaration of several educated Chinese that they know of no word in their own language anything like the preceding as representing opium, it is easy to see that the underworld has taken the term from some Chinese root word or sentence’] (drugs) 

Source:
Green's Dictionary of Slang
Author(s):

Jonathon Green

1 (alsowhen-shee, yen-she, yen-sheesh, yen-shi) opium; also attrib.1901T.A. Dorgan in Zwilling TAD Lex. (1993 ...

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