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go cold turkey

To stop doing or using something abruptly and completely. Most commonly said of drug, alcohol, or tobacco use, it can also refer to any bad habit. I tried quitting smoking for several years, using nicotine patches, gums, and even hypnotherapy. Eventually, I just had to go cold turkey and rely on my own willpower. I was eating way too much junk food and was gaining a lot of weight as a result. Finally, I just went cold turkey and stopped buying anything but healthy food.
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go cold turkey

Inf. to stop (doing something) without tapering off. (Originally drug slang. Now concerned with breaking any habit.) I had to stop smoking, so I went cold turkey. It's awful! When heroin addicts go cold turkey, they get terribly sick.
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go cold turkey

INFORMAL
1. If someone goes cold turkey, they suddenly stop taking drugs that they depend on. You can't just go cold turkey, because that's not how you successfully deal with addiction. Note: People use cold turkey to describe the experience of doing this. His book describes the 30-day cold turkey of a heroin addict.
2. If someone goes cold turkey, they suddenly stop having or doing something that they are used to. Unless you go cold turkey and leave your mobile phone at home, you will have no peace during your vacation. Note: People use cold turkey to describe the experience of doing this. Compulsive shopping is just like any other addiction and the recession means cold turkey for Judith Summers.
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go cold turkey

suddenly and completely stop taking drugs.
The image is of one of the possible unpleasant side effects of this, involving bouts of shivering and sweating that cause goose flesh or goose pimples, a bumpy condition of the skin which resembles the flesh of a dead plucked turkey.
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Over 58% of smokers still try to quit without using an aid and going cold turkey despite this being the least effective way.
You gotta give it to him for trying, but at 40-years-old, perhaps going cold turkey or at least trying an e-cigarette would be a good idea
Going cold turkey is more effective than cutting down gradually, researchers have found.
The bosses told him he would have to adjust like everybody else, even if that means going cold turkey for a while.
Four beautiful young people gather at a remote cabin in the woods to help their friend Mia (Jane Levy) who is going cold turkey.
Dr Tam also warned that going cold turkey wasn't necessarily the best way to treat a Facebook addiction.
Even a brief conversation with their healthcare professional or local stop smoking service can increase their chances of success by up to four times, compared to going cold turkey.
The survey, commissioned by Pfizer to launch its Don't Go Cold Turkey campaign, found the most popular method to quit smoking in Newcastle is going cold turkey - using willpower alone.
oWhile it is understandably difficult for a smoker to quit smoking by going cold turkey, Aquino can still make a difference by pushing for anti-smoking laws despite his being a smoker, just like US President Barack Obama,o Cayetano said.
GRAMMY grabber Amy Winehouse's life is back on track after going cold turkey and telling nurses: "I want to get better".
Going Cold Turkey will follow two women and one man as they are treated at Detox 5, a clinic in Harrogate which specialises in helping to get people off heroin.
But when deprived of the drug, the animals' withdrawal symptoms--shaking, jumping, teeth chattering--were much less severe than those of other addicted mice going cold turkey.
Columbus, who has devoted three years of his life to ``Potter,'' isn't going cold turkey, though.
Astonishing performances from Zoltan Ternyak and Ildiko Toth, as a drug addict going cold turkey and the woman who tries to help him, enhance this vastly overlong and indulgent tale of suffering and devotion.
Mintel found that the overwhelming majority of adults who successfully quit smoking (74%) said they did so by going cold turkey and just stopping the habit.