on the block

  • Cenzontle

    Senior Member
    English, U.S.
    I think it's a metaphor based on a city block, surrounded by streets, which constitutes a neighborhood.


    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    It's probably more specifically a reference to a drug dealer on a neighborhood street.

    Drug dealers often have a "territory" that they sell in that other drug dealers are expected to stay out of. Their territory might often be a certain block of a certain street. That means the section of a street between two intersections.

    "The first stick is free"

    This is a tactic of drug dealers. They give you something free at the beginning (so you get that drug high) so you will come back to them and buy more and more and more.