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shake a/the habit

1. slang To overcome an addiction, typically to drugs. It took gum, patches, and counseling, but I've finally shaken the habit—no more cigarettes. Unfortunately, the nature of addiction means that shaking the habit isn't as simple as just wanting to stop.
2. To stop any kind of habitual behavior. I had a hard time shaking the habit of snoozing my alarm every morning.
See also: habit, shake
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TRANMERE could not shake the habit of making life difficult for themselves as they slid to a second home defeat in four days to lowly Barrow.
As for me, I will shake the habit of concluding interviews by allowing companies to talk about skills shortages as a problem.
Maybe I was a really bad person in a past existence, but I just can't shake the habit. This relationship is for life.
Card-carrying comedians Retired referees miss the adrenaline rush of authority, and can't shake the habit of hindsight.
Goram still can't shake the habit of referring to the Light Blues as "us" and "we".
And Mick McCarthy finds it hard to shake the habit at Wolves.
Because while Young has come under fire for producing a side that cannot shake the habit of taking one step forward followed by two back, his pal up north has a slightly worse record so far this season - played seven, lost seven.
There are large areas of grass and plenty of sun loungers, although some people couldn't shake the habit of staking their claim with towels while most of us were still in bed.
Still, it's been hard to shake the habit of measuring his productivity in terms of billable hours.
They couldn't shake the habit of hitting the woodwork more than the net - and too many expensive acquisitions failed to shine.
"It is a very silly way to earn penalty points but we just can't seem to shake the habit." People in the West cannot wait to answer the phone with six per cent admitting to talking on one while driving every day and 22.4 per cent saying it was "somewhat common".
Part of me knows I sound like a total freak and the other can't shake the habit. I think deep down it has more to do with my fear of disappointment and so I blame it on the stars.
The tools: Devices such as nicotine patches help deal with the addiction, she says, but other things aid people shake the habit. "Delay the time when you usually smoke," she says.
I can't shake the habit. When working for the Duchess of York I had suits made by a tailor called Geoffrey Golding in St Albans which I still wear.