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cold turkey

The abrupt cessation of something (most often the use of a drug). After smoking for so long, I should have never tried to quit cold turkey—the withdrawal symptoms are unbearable. I'm so impressed that you stopped gambling cold turkey!
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cold turkey

Sl. immediately; without tapering off or cutting down gradually. (Originally drug slang. Now used of breaking any habit.) Tom stopped smoking cold turkey. She gave up her drinking habit cold turkey and had no ill effects.
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cold turkey

Immediate, complete withdrawal from something, especially an addictive substance; also, without planning or preparation. For example, My bad shoulder forced me to quit playing tennis cold turkey, or I'd never done any rock climbing, but decided to try it cold turkey. This term may have come from the earlier expression talk turkey (for blunt speaking). At first used strictly for abrupt withdrawal from drugs or alcohol, it soon was transferred to quitting any habit or activity. [Early 1900s]
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cold ˈturkey

the unpleasant state that drug addicts experience when they suddenly stop taking a drug, or a way of treating addicts that makes them experience this state: The worst time was when he was going cold turkey.I quit smoking cold turkey (= I stopped suddenly and completely).
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cold turkey

mod. [stopping something] suddenly, without tapering off. (Said especially of stopping an addictive drug intake. Originally drugs.) Martha stopped cold turkey and survived.
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Sometimes, we need to do things cold turkey to make us resolutely determined in our journey to follow Christ.
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My GP has advised me to go cold turkey but Alcoholics Anonymous advised me to cut my intake gradually.
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Meanwhile, Cold Turkey can defy his advancing years with victory in the Race To Pontin's For Easter Handicap.
The Since U Been Gone singer said: "I felt so ashamed and embarrassed that I literally went cold turkey and snapped out of it.
Some people believe in a 12-step program, and there's nothing wrong with that, but I did a one-step program to Jesus Christ, and I stopped cold turkey,'' he said.
Cold Turkey was in receipt of 4lb that day and he gets 10lb here.
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As a half-sister to Cold Turkey, it would be no surprise if she was at her best on the surface.