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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.
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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.
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Members of Castle and Minster who want to know more about the treatment should phone Break The Habit on 0800 007 5052.
This will probably take around three or four nights to break the habit, but she will eventually learn to stay there, as long as you do not give in to her screaming.
The North Eastern Health Board has arranged for a team of experts to be brought in to help smokers break the habit.
For a person who starts smoking as a teen, it takes 18 years to break the habit.
appearance Wednesday at Moorpark Senior Center headlined ``Smoking Cessation - Let's Do It,'' Wallace will explain what programs are available to East Ventura County seniors who want to break the habit.
So the sacked Sky Sports pundit, 55, couldn't break the habit last night when, looking pensive, he left his Midlands home with fiancee Rachel Lewis.
I'll also pass on any cures from anyone who has managed to break the habit.
We want to break the habit but are worried about the standards in Italy or Spain.
Kids grow up fast, and some parents who innocently pat their little children's bottoms are slow to break the habit.
And who knows, they might even break the habit of a lifetime and dish some dirt on other celebs.
For information and advice, counselling and encouragement to stop smoking and break the habit, contact Smokeline Scotland.
Yes, nicotine IS addictive but it doesn't stop millions of addicts busting their guts every day to successfully break the habit.
If you still want to break the habit, put your animal on a shelf or at the end of your bed, instead of right next to you.