go cold turkey

go cold turkey

To stop doing or using something abruptly and completely. Most commonly said of drug, alcohol, or tobacco use, it can also refer to any bad habit. I tried quitting smoking for several years, using nicotine patches, gums, and even hypnotherapy. Eventually, I just had to go cold turkey and rely on my own willpower. I was eating way too much junk food and was gaining a lot of weight as a result. Finally, I just went cold turkey and stopped buying anything but healthy food.
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go cold turkey

Inf. to stop (doing something) without tapering off. (Originally drug slang. Now concerned with breaking any habit.) I had to stop smoking, so I went cold turkey. It's awful! When heroin addicts go cold turkey, they get terribly sick.
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go cold turkey

INFORMAL
1. If someone goes cold turkey, they suddenly stop taking drugs that they depend on. You can't just go cold turkey, because that's not how you successfully deal with addiction. Note: People use cold turkey to describe the experience of doing this. His book describes the 30-day cold turkey of a heroin addict.
2. If someone goes cold turkey, they suddenly stop having or doing something that they are used to. Unless you go cold turkey and leave your mobile phone at home, you will have no peace during your vacation. Note: People use cold turkey to describe the experience of doing this. Compulsive shopping is just like any other addiction and the recession means cold turkey for Judith Summers.
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go cold turkey

suddenly and completely stop taking drugs.
The image is of one of the possible unpleasant side effects of this, involving bouts of shivering and sweating that cause goose flesh or goose pimples, a bumpy condition of the skin which resembles the flesh of a dead plucked turkey.
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I think more people should go cold turkey from social network websites.
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EMMERDALE (7pm ITV1) AS RHONA, right, attempts to go cold turkey at home,
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The data, collected from 6,200 current and former smokers by Pfizer as part of its Don't Go Cold Turkey campaign, found that a quarter of smokers have avoided drinking any alcohol whilst trying to quit, the Daily Star reported.
Gazza, 45, was reportedly close to death after his organs had a catastrophic reaction to an attempt to go cold turkey a week ago and he spent time in intensive care.
The research was commissioned by pharmaceutical company Pfizer Ltd to support its Don't Go Cold Turkey awareness campaign, aimed at highlighting the help available to smokers wanting to quit.
We were quite literally having to go cold turkey because no-one could cook one.
Go cold turkey It's not for the faint of heart or the heavy smoker, but modest five-a-day smokers like deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and Hollywood starlet Gwyneth Paltrow have given up after epiphanies and milestones, respectively.
Now pharmaceuticals company Pfizer is running the Don't Go Cold Turkey campaign to help folk quit.
The report has been carried out by Pfizer Limited, who have launched a Don't Go Cold Turkey campaign, having discovered that going 'cold turkey' is the most popular method Tynesiders use in their bid to quit smoking.
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