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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 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.
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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]
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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 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
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Smokers under 34 are the most likely to attempt kicking the habit, with people aged 65 and over least likely to quit.
"Since kicking the habit I have joined a gym and run three races which would have been impossible when I was a smoker as running up the stairs made me breathless," she said.
SMOKERS in Tile Hill, Coventry, are being given a helping hand in kicking the habit from health experts - the city's quit smoking team began a five-week course this week.
Britain's 11 million smokers were yesterday offered fresh hope in kicking the habit after a controversial drug was approved for use on the NHS.
THE benefits of giving up smoking can be achieved within minutes of kicking the habit.
Although ex-smokers also showed impaired bone regeneration, kicking the habit paid off: Ex-smokers took about 2.72 months to grow 1 cm of bone.