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 a habit

 and kick the habit; shake the habit; shake a habit
to break a habit. It's hard to kick a habit, but it can be done. I stopped biting my nails. I used to drink coffee every morning, but I kicked the habit.
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kick a habit

Also, kick it; kick the habit. Overcome or give up habitual use, especially of narcotics. For example, Smoking is addictive; it's not easy to kick, or If he doesn't kick the habit, he may not make it through school. This idiom uses kick in the sense of "get rid of." [First half of 1900s]
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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.
See also: habit, kick
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So, if you want to kick the habit, just come along."
Nationally more than 200,000 smokers managed to kick the habit last year ( a huge 65pc up on the previous year.
Help to kick the habit is available by called the NHS Smoking Helpline on 0800 169 0169 or visiting www.givingupsmoking.co.uk.
Researchers have had difficulty finding evidence that the addictive pull of nicotine and other drugs derives in any way from the unpleasant physical reactions people have when they try to kick the habit. Many recovering addicts, for instance, succumb to temptation long after shedding such withdrawal symptoms as shaking and nausea.
ImmuLogic, a Massachusetts company, plans to test an anti-smoking vaccine on volunteers--smokers trying to kick the habit. The vaccine's antibodies (substances that destroy foreign matter in the body) seek out and neutralize nicotine before it reaches the brain's receptors.
The former Wimbledon champ told her to forget ever seeing her three children again if she doesn't kick the habit.
They are the first crop of smokers to 'Kick the Habit' with the help of the Sky Blues in the Community team.
According to online store Stop Smoking Shop, which supplies nicotine patches and gum, thousands of people have been looking on the website for advice on how to kick the habit.
IAN Case has pledged to kick the habit and stub out cigarettes as part of Dwr Cymru Welsh Water customer service's Year of Healthy Living.
MORE than 20 per cent of adults in Walsall smoke, but new research has revealed that a third of them would like to kick the habit.
Nearly half of smokers have tried to kick the habit during the past year, according to the Cigarettes and Smoking Cessation Aids report.
Jack McConnell vowed he would offer the biggest support ever to help people in some of Scotland's most deprived communities kick the habit.
AN animal charity is giving Huddersfield smokers one more good reason to kick the habit in the new year - passive smoking affects your pets.
Health experts said the figures should encourage more people to kick the habit.
The Republic of Ireland has banned smoking in public places and,guess what,it is encouraging people to kick the habit.