kick the habit


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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 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.
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Kick the Habit E-Cards - Players can send out special E-Cards to friends and family to let them know that they are quitting or to encourage others to quit.
Ian, who is being sponsored by family and friends in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, said: "I want to give up smoking for myself and my family and this time I'm hoping with the support of my colleagues and the added incentive of helping a good cause I will be able to kick the habit for good.
Nationally more than 200,000 smokers managed to kick the habit last year ( a huge 65pc up on the previous year.
A weekly stop-smoking class will start Wednesday, offering residents the knowledge and support they need to kick the habit.
People who kick the habit seem to continue adding to the arterial damage they incurred while smoking.
Online Health Coaching Helps Employees Kick the Habit and Companies Reduce Health Care Costs
STOP Smoking Services will be at North East supermarkets today to give advice to people who want to kick the habit.
The record goal scorer has teamed up with Boots to help smokers kick the habit as the smoking ban becomes law today.
AS ONE of the heavy smokers strongly addicted to this drug I am puzzled how the tobacco industry and the government, which make billions out of us, claim that there is not the funding for a specialist unit at NHS addiction centres for those wanting to kick the habit.
Michael Stadden, 36, had been a drug user since childhood and, despite being able to come off the drug during various periods in jail, he had never been able to kick the habit on the outside.
A friend said: 'Liv is not a heavy smoker, but it's tough to kick the habit.
While no-one would condone smoking,and every effort should be made to help the 70% of smokers who wish to kick the habit, the idea of millions of folk being driven underground to indulge their habit is as preposterous as it is impacticable.
BIOTECH group Xenova cheered investors with news that trials on a vaccine to help cocaine addicts kick the habit had reached a new level.
Mr Paul Hooper, manager of Smoke Free Birmingham, a health authority initiative to kick the habit, said he was delighted at Winifred's achievement.
Schillo said he thinks the money should be used for prevention and not to fund programs to help adults kick the habit.