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See also: cold-turkey
Various explanations; see Cold turkey § Etymology on Wikipedia.
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- Sudden and complete withdrawal from a dependent substance, especially a drug.
- The physiological effects of such a withdrawal.
sudden and complete withdrawal
symptoms of withdrawal
- (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.
- 2012 April 4, Sam Anderson, “Just One More Game ...”, in The New York Times Magazine:
- I knew that, if I had daily access to video games, I would spend literally every day playing them, forever. So I cut myself off, more or less cold turkey, and as a result I was more or less happy and productive.