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in the cactus

A difficult situation, often one that is uncomfortable and/or unsettling. Primarily heard in Australia. Oh boy, he's in the cactus now that his girlfriend has seen him kissing another girl!
See also: cactus

cactus buttons

slang The hallucinogenic drug mescaline, which is derived from peyote (a type of cactus). I think they're high on cactus buttons!
See also: button, cactus

cactus (buttons)

n. peyote cactus containing mescaline. (Drugs.) Gert came back from vacation with a bag of cactus buttons.
See also: button, cactus



cactus juice

n. tequila. (A Mexican liquor.) Ernie brought back a big jug of cactus juice from Mexico.
See also: cactus, juice
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Swarm and his fellow biologists have noticed a trend in the park's saguaro population: There has been a surge in the number of baby cactuses since the 1960s.
Instead, thieves are targeting young cactuses that are just 1.