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Idioms for cold turkey
- to stop using an addictive substance abruptly and completely.
- to undergo sudden and complete withdrawal from a habitual activity or behavior pattern.
- to begin or do something without planning, preparation, or practice.
Origin of cold turkey
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Definition for cold turkey (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
How to use cold turkey in a sentence
She quit the protests cold turkey in October, found a spiritual adviser, started to channel her desire to burn the system down into building up her community.
While most moderate drinkers can handle withdrawal symptoms on their own, if you are truly alcohol-dependent, quitting cold turkey may not actually be safe.
This is comedy based on a cold humor, detached, euphemistic, devoid of any generosity.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
We indulge in expensive cold-pressed juices and SoulCycle classes, justifying these purchases as investments in our health.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Cold War fears could be manipulated through misleading art to attract readers to daunting material.
The vaccine is delivered through a “carrier virus” that causes a common cold in chimpanzees but does not affect humans.
Meanwhile two kids were taken from their mother when she flew back to the UK from Turkey.Britain May Spy on Preschoolers Searching for Potential Jihadis|Nico Hines|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Madame de Condillac stood watching him, her face composed, her glance cold.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
Being quieted by the Captain with a draught of cold tea, and made to sit down, the examination of the book proceeded.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
When alone she sometimes picked it up and kissed the cold glass passionately.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Such throats are trying, are they not?In case one catches cold; Ah, yes!
Turn we our backs to the cold gloomy north, to the wet windy west, to the dry parching east—on to the south!
British Dictionary definitions for cold turkey
Cultural definitions for cold turkey
To “go cold turkey” is to withdraw suddenly and completely from an addictive substance or some other form of dependency: “Many people who attempt to quit smoking do so by going cold turkey rather than by gradually cutting down.”
Idioms and Phrases with cold turkey
Immediate, complete withdrawal from something, especially an addictive substance; also, without planning or preparation. For example, My bad shoulder forced me to quit playing tennis cold turkey, or I'd never done any rock climbing, but decided to try it cold turkey. This term may have come from the earlier expression talk turkey (for blunt speaking). At first used strictly for abrupt withdrawal from drugs or alcohol, it soon was transferred to quitting any habit or activity. [Early 1900s]