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adrenaline junkie (plural adrenaline junkies)

  1. (informal) One who is seemingly addicted to the sensation of exhilaration associated with risky behaviors or exciting situations, and who actively seeks such opportunities.
    • 1991 Oct. 20, "300 parachutists leap into gorge," Toledo Blade, p. A3 (retrieved 16 Nov 2013):
      More than 300 daredevils parachuted off the nation's second-highest bridge in an annual ritual that attracts thousands of spectators. "Everybody out here is an adrenaline junkie," parachutist Mike Cleary, 27, of Milwaukee, said yesterday.
    • 2002 Jan. 17, Christy Lemire, "Success of 'Lord of the Rings' puts actor Bloom in the spotlight,' Daily Gazette, p. C7 (retrieved 16 Nov 2013):
      "I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie, so I love to go out there and do kind of crazy stuff, which is slightly outrageous, like bungee jumping, skydiving, surfing and that sort of stuff."
    • 2009 July 30, "Schumacher's F1 Comeback: An Adrenaline Junkie Returns to the Racetrack," Spiegel Online International (retrieved 16 Nov 2013):
      Since then, the adrenaline junkie has been getting his kicks from a variety of extreme sports, such as skydiving and racing motorcycles and go-carts.