cold turkey

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Etymology[edit]

Various explanations; see Cold turkey § Etymology on Wikipedia.

Noun[edit]

cold turkey (uncountable)

  1. Sudden and complete withdrawal from a dependent substance, especially a drug.
  2. The physiological effects of such a withdrawal.

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cold turkey (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Not gradually; all at once. Refers especially to quitting a habit by force of will rather than by a gradual reduction.
    It is difficult, but possible to quit smoking cold turkey.

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