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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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Break the habit: Professional stylists do extensive colour training - rather than just picking up a box with a colour shade on it and slapping it on hair.
Apply a nasty tasting 'stop biting' solution to help break the habit.
The North Eastern Health Board has arranged for a team of experts to be brought in to help smokers break the habit.
As part of its drive to introduce new services for its members, Castle and Minster Credit Union has joined with Break the Habit hypnotherapy.
For a person who starts smoking as a teen, it takes 18 years to break the habit. What's smart?
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.
The earlier children start to smoke the more difficult it will be for them to break the habit. This will put an even greater burden on the NHS for future generations.
The Conservatives have promised a referendum on the continued existence of the Welsh Assembly, and I for one will break the habit of a life time and vote for them.
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.
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. But it has become awkward for you, and it's completely inappropriate for him to touch your friend.
And who knows, they might even break the habit of a lifetime and dish some dirt on other celebs.
I'll also pass on any cures from anyone who has managed to break the habit.
Yes, nicotine IS addictive but it doesn't stop millions of addicts busting their guts every day to successfully break the habit. It's called taking responsibility for your own life.