I knew about the allegations of doping, but I didn't know them in great detail.
But—contrary to many reports—Armstrong half-heartedly said he never pressured teammates into doping or fired them if they refused.
The biggest revelation from Wheelmen broke last week: Sheryl Crow witnessing then-boyfriend Lance Armstrong doping.
1807, American English, "sauce, gravy, thick liquid," from Dutch doop "thick dipping sauce," from doopen "to dip" (cf. dip (v.)). Extension to "drug" is 1889, from practice of smoking semi-liquid opium preparation. Meaning "foolish, stupid person" is older (1851) and may have a sense of "thick-headed." Sense of "inside information" (1901) may come from knowing before the race which horse had been drugged to influence performance. Dope-fiend is attested from 1896.
1889, from dope (n.). Related: Doped; doping.
A narcotic, especially an addictive narcotic.
An illicit drug, especially marijuana.
[fr Dutch doop, ''sauce for dipping,'' with elaborate semantic shifts]