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go cold turkey

To stop doing or using something abruptly and completely. Most commonly said of drug, alcohol, or tobacco use, it can also refer to any bad habit. I tried quitting smoking for several years, using nicotine patches, gums, and even hypnotherapy. Eventually, I just had to go cold turkey and rely on my own willpower. I was eating way too much junk food and was gaining a lot of weight as a result. Finally, I just went cold turkey and stopped buying anything but healthy food.
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go cold turkey

Inf. to stop (doing something) without tapering off. (Originally drug slang. Now concerned with breaking any habit.) I had to stop smoking, so I went cold turkey. It's awful! When heroin addicts go cold turkey, they get terribly sick.
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go cold turkey

INFORMAL
1. If someone goes cold turkey, they suddenly stop taking drugs that they depend on. You can't just go cold turkey, because that's not how you successfully deal with addiction. Note: People use cold turkey to describe the experience of doing this. His book describes the 30-day cold turkey of a heroin addict.
2. If someone goes cold turkey, they suddenly stop having or doing something that they are used to. Unless you go cold turkey and leave your mobile phone at home, you will have no peace during your vacation. Note: People use cold turkey to describe the experience of doing this. Compulsive shopping is just like any other addiction and the recession means cold turkey for Judith Summers.
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go cold turkey

suddenly and completely stop taking drugs.
The image is of one of the possible unpleasant side effects of this, involving bouts of shivering and sweating that cause goose flesh or goose pimples, a bumpy condition of the skin which resembles the flesh of a dead plucked turkey.
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References in periodicals archive ?
The former Spurs and Newcastle midfielder, who has spent years battling his booze addiction, said he went cold turkey after his last relapse.
JENNIFER Ellison became so unwell when she went cold turkey from sugar that medics had to be called in.
The Since U Been Gone singer said: "I felt so ashamed and embarrassed that I literally went cold turkey and snapped out of it.
During his 100 days remanded in custody, Walker went cold turkey, came off drugs and would go on a programme addressing his problems.
Only those who went cold turkey on coffee showed a significant change--a drop--in two key indicators, Christensen's team reports in the September AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION.
A little more than a month ago, my family went cold turkey.
A month after the big day, 49% of those who went cold turkey were still not smoking, compared with around 39% of those who cut down in the two weeks beforehand - a difference of almost 25%.
So on the day of the ban, I went cold turkey and I haven't smoked since.
I went cold turkey giving up junk food and chocolate for several months.
From that day on I went cold turkey and haven't had a drink in eight years.
It is 17 years since the best-selling author went cold turkey and banished heroin from his life, although he admits to "occasionally dabbling" in recreational drugs since.
The South American macaw went cold turkey when the man emigrated and gave him to Exmoor Zoo, Devon.