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quit (something) cold turkey

To stop doing something abruptly. The phrase is most often used to describe the sudden cessation 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 quit gambling cold turkey!
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By making this small sacrifice (steak lovers, there is no need to quit cold turkey. A slight reduction in frequency still makes all the difference), you are singlehandedly contributing to reducing today's deforestation rates.
Will they quit cold turkey or want a post-retirement consulting contract?
I smoked for 17 years and I quit cold turkey. It's the hardest thing I ever had to doand I think it was the smartest thing I ever did.
It's time to ditch that toxic stick and quit cold turkey in 2019.
I definitely can't quit cold turkey so I think my only option is to switch onto e-cigs, but they all seem too strong for me.
MAKE YOUR CHANGE: It's tough to quit cold turkey, so try a more subtle approach to reducing sweets.
I had proven to myself time and again that I couldn't handle sweets in a moderate, healthy fashion, so I quit cold turkey.
To reduce your caffeine intake, you can either quit cold turkey or cut down over a two- to four-week period, Bellatti says.
Quit cold turkey: If you are hardcore love addict, you may need to quit all your romantic interactions cold turkey.
Visitors had for 10 years tossed cigarettes to the famous smoking orangutan, who was moved in July to a 200-meter island at the zoo to force her to quit cold turkey. Kristanto said Tori gave birth on the island, where she is being kept with her mate and baby.
"I smoked until the last day and then quit cold turkey."
So he quit cold turkey. And he said he hasn't had a drink or done drugs in the five years since.
A few years ago, I joked that Chantix' psychological side effects--you can look them up--"sound awfully similar to what I've seen people go through when they quit cold turkey" Throw in an increased risk of heart attacks, and you may have the proverbial cure worse than the disease.
Hassan who was smoking around a pack and a half a day, chose to quit cold turkey - when you stop 100 per cent with no easing in period - and use nicotine gum in moderation for the initial few months.