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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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If the thought of giving up your favorite soda seems overwhelming, Patton suggests weaning yourself, not quitting cold turkey.
Because quitting cold turkey may seem unfeasible to most smokers, some resort to other means.
Quitting cold turkey, Bauer warned, can lead to flu-like symptoms.
Name the method and the 62-year-old Simi Valley resident has done it - quitting cold turkey, popping hard candies, chewing nicotine gum, slapping nicotine patches on her arm.
Would quitting cold turkey be preferable to gradually reducing nicotine intake?
The final study compared two groups, one comprised of 44 respondents that completed 21 or more days of the Habit Changer 42-day program against one comprised of 31 control respondents that most recently used the following popular methods outside of Habit Changer: quitting cold turkey, using a nicotine patch or gum, trying a non-nicotine medication or counseling, among other current popular strategies.