kick a habit

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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

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
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TRANMERE could not shake the habit of making life difficult for themselves as they slid to a second home defeat in four days to lowly Barrow.
Maybe I was a really bad person in a past existence, but I just can't shake the habit.
Card-carrying comedians Retired referees miss the adrenaline rush of authority, and can't shake the habit of hindsight.
Goram still can't shake the habit of referring to the Light Blues as "us" and "we".
And Mick McCarthy finds it hard to shake the habit at Wolves.
John's video, simply called "INTERROGATION," was inspired by John's father, a retired FBI agent, who to this day can't seem to shake the habit of interrogating everyone, including the cat.
But UK consumers were unaware of the scheme, McCartney told The Grocer, and he called on meat lovers to cut down on meat consumption even if they could not shake the habit altogether.
Part of me knows I sound like a total freak and the other can't shake the habit.
Because while Young has come under fire for producing a side that cannot shake the habit of taking one step forward followed by two back, his pal up north has a slightly worse record so far this season - played seven, lost seven.
There are large areas of grass and plenty of sun loungers, although some people couldn't shake the habit of staking their claim with towels while most of us were still in bed.
While in college, he finally told his parents he was a heroin addict and tried more than once to shake the habit.
They couldn't shake the habit of hitting the woodwork more than the net - and too many expensive acquisitions failed to shine.
It is a very silly way to earn penalty points but we just can't seem to shake the habit.
The tools: Devices such as nicotine patches help deal with the addiction, she says, but other things aid people shake the habit.