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kick the (something)

slang To overcome an addiction to something. It took gum, patches, and even hypnosis, but I've finally kicked the habit. Unfortunately, the physical nature of heroin addiction means that kicking the habit isn't as simple as just wanting to stop. After saying such horrible things to my parents, I decided it was finally time to kick the booze for good.
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kick the habit

slang To overcome an addiction, typically to drugs. It took gum, patches, and counseling, but I've finally kicked the habit—no more cigarettes. Unfortunately, the nature of addiction means that kicking the habit isn't as simple as just wanting to stop.
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kick the habit

stop engaging in a habitual practice. informal
1992 Economist Perhaps it is time for ex-French West Africa to choose its own forms of government…and kick the habit of turning to France whenever trouble starts.
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kick the ˈhabit, ˈdrug, ˈbooze, etc.

stop doing something harmful that you have done for a long time: According to research, only one smoker in a hundred is able to kick the habit without some kind of help.
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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.
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kick the habit

Slang
To free oneself of an addiction, as to narcotics or cigarettes.
See also: habit, kick
References in classic literature ?
Well, the match is for the best of three goals; whichever side kicks two goals wins: and it won't do, you see, just to kick the ball through these posts--it must go over the cross-bar; any height'll do, so long as it's between the posts.
The trapper kicked and cudgelled, but to every blow and kick the mule snorted and kicked up, but still refused to budge an inch.
A short-term funding approach allows Democrats to Kick the can down the
9 seconds to kick the ball if he starts at exactly the instant the ball touches the holder's hands.
And if they do manage to kick the ball from 50 metres between the two posts and win the pounds 50,000 prize, then I would imagine it'll definitely be a day to remember.
When you can kick the ball every time, see if you can step forward with the opposite foot--the foot you are not kicking with--just before you kick the ball.
Just see how many times you can kick the footbag without letting it hit the ground.
You cannot expect the punter to kick the ball efficiently any faster than that.
We don't kick the ball deep unless we can kick it into the end zone.
Coaches are reluctant to try long field goals, but we generally know that the typical place kicker can kick the occasional 50-yarder in practice.
Then kick the leg back as high as possible (hip extension) and hold it in that position momentarily before repeating the sequence.