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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.
See also: habit, kick
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And if you have been getting through only HALF that number of cigarettes both your health - and pocket- would benefit greatly if you too kicked the habit.
Beyond the cash prize, what contestants win at the series' end is the chance at a better life and pride in knowing that they kicked the habit.
Players admitting they overlooked Washington, despite talk for the last two months that they had kicked the habit of taking opponents lightly.
But he gave up after Cherie said she would only marry him if he kicked the habit.
Paul Hooper, from the West Midlands Regional Tobacco Lead, said: "It's great news that so many more people than we expected kicked the habit last year and by doing so dramatically increased their life expectancy.
The HEA survey found that of women who smoked, ten per cent stopped immediately before they got pregnant, and one in five kicked the habit at some point during the pregnancy.