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creature of habit

One who prefers the comfort and reliability of routine and habitual behavior. My brother is far too much a creature of habit to be up for something like backpacking across Europe. I know we're told to shuck our routines and live spontaneously, but I'm a creature of habit—it's just easier when you know exactly how each day will pan out.
See also: creature, habit, of

break (a/the) habit

To stop doing a routine action or activity. I struggled to break the habit of biting my nails, but getting regular manicures helped.
See also: break, habit

by force of habit

Because one does or has done something habitually. Used to describe an unconscious mistake that results from following one's routine rather than choosing the correct action for the circumstances. After living next door to Anna for 50 years, I call our new neighbor "Anna" by force of habit.
See also: force, habit, of

break a habit

 and break the habit; break one's habit
to end a habit. I was not able to break the habit of snoring. It's hard to break a habit that you have had for a long time.
See also: break, habit

by force of habit

owing to a tendency to do something that has become a habit. After I retired, I kept getting up and getting dressed each morning by force of habit.
See also: force, habit, of

kick a habit

 and kick the habit; shake the habit; shake a habit
to break a habit. It's hard to kick a habit, but it can be done. I stopped biting my nails. I used to drink coffee every morning, but I kicked the habit.
See also: habit, kick

knock the habit

to stop using drugs; to break a drug addiction. I just can't knock the habit. He tried to knock the habit by drinking lots of booze.
See also: habit, knock

make a habit of something

to do something so often that it becomes a habit. You mustn't make a habit of interrupting. I make a habit of counting my change.
See also: habit, make, of

Old habits die hard.

Prov. People find it difficult to change their accustomed behavior. Joan retired last year, but she still gets up as early as she used to when she had to go to work. Old habits die hard.
See also: die, habit, hard, old

kick the habit

to stop smoking cigarettes Researchers said smokers who kicked the habit would have much less chance of developing cancer.
Usage notes: sometimes used about other bad habits: He sort of let drugs take over his life, and made only occasional efforts to kick the habit.
See also: habit, kick

Why break the habit of a lifetime?

  (British & Australian humorous)
something that you say which means that you do not believe that someone will stop doing something bad that they have done all their lives 'I must stop writing my essays the night before the deadline.' 'Why break the habit of a lifetime?'
See make or break
See also: break, habit, of, why

force of habit

if someone does something from force of habit, they do it without thinking because they have done it so often before Even though he's gone she still keeps laying the table for two - force of habit, I guess.
See also: force, habit, of

kick the habit

to stop doing something that is difficult to stop doing, especially taking drugs, smoking, or drinking alcohol No coffee for me, thanks. I'm trying to kick the habit. 'Does she still smoke?' 'No, she kicked the habit a couple of years ago.'
See also: habit, kick

kick a habit

Also, kick it; kick the habit. Overcome or give up habitual use, especially of narcotics. For example, Smoking is addictive; it's not easy to kick, or If he doesn't kick the habit, he may not make it through school. This idiom uses kick in the sense of "get rid of." [First half of 1900s]
See also: habit, kick


n. an addiction to a drug. There are many treatment programs to help with drug habits.

kick the habit

tv. to voluntarily end any habit or custom, especially a drug habit. (see also knock the habit.) She tried and tried to kick the habit.
See also: habit, kick

knock the habit

tv. to stop using drugs; to break a drug addiction. (see also kick the habit.) I just can’t knock the habit.
See also: habit, knock

mickey mouse habit

n. a trivial drug habit. (Drugs.) Nothing to it. Just a little mickey mouse habit. I can stop any time I want.
See also: habit, mickey, mouse

nose habit

n. an addiction to sniffed drugs, usually heroin or cocaine. (Drugs.) One sniff of that white powder and she’ll get a nose habit, for sure.
See also: habit, nose

kick the habit

To free oneself of an addiction, as to narcotics or cigarettes.
See also: habit, kick
References in classic literature ?
I am afraid, I said, that a habit of body such as they have is but a sleepy sort of thing, and rather perilous to health.
Well, I said, and to require the help of medicine, not when a wound has to be cured, or on occasion of an epidemic, but just because, by indolence and a habit of life such as we have been describing, men fill themselves with waters and winds, as if their bodies were a marsh, compelling the ingenious sons of Asclepius to find more names for diseases, such as flatulence and catarrh; is not this, too, a disgrace?
In the following lectures, accordingly, this term will disappear until we have dealt with words, when it will re-emerge as mainly a trivial and unimportant outcome of linguistic habits.
The unconscious desire is in no way mysterious; it is the natural primitive form of desire, from which the other has developed through our habit of observing and theorizing (often wrongly).
Why should she not study the habits of any animal, even though it were a rhinoceros?
In what manner, pray, can a hound distinguish the habits, species, or even the genus of an animal, like reasoning, learned, scientific, triumphant man
He fell in love, as men are in the habit of doing, and pressed his suit with an earnestness and an ardor which left nothing to be desired.
And persons who have never been through the drinking game wonder how the drinking habit grows!
Where he goes wrong is in imagining a more authentic female identity accessible under the surface of habit instead of accepting what those habits stand to tell him about Mary's and Fanny's beliefs, desires, and identities.
The new study offers hope for those trying to kick bad habits, said Institute Professor Ann Graybiel, a member of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT.
This is the kind of power such habits have on our lives.
He details the research behind habit change and the results of people and entities that have tried to change habits.
Although many of the stories are inspirational, Duhigg isn't just interested in the positive effects of habits.
PICKING noses is the most annoying office habit, a poll claimed.
Summary: DUBAI -- Thumb sucking is a natural habit which develops in babies during the period of infancy.