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cold turkey

Slang
n.
Immediate, complete withdrawal from something on which one has become dependent, such as an addictive drug.
adv.
1. Immediately and without gradual reduction of use: quit smoking cold turkey.
2. Frankly or directly; without mincing words: spoke to her staff cold turkey about the likelihood of layoffs.
Substance abuse American slang for the acute opiate withdrawal syndrome, usually referring to heroin. Cf Cold Turkey Method.
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Cold Turkey is obviously back on song now and his confidence should be riding high for this 12-furlong event.
She said: "Amy's had the proper, old-fashioned cold turkey treatment.
The show, called Cold Turkey, will be filmed in a clinic near Harrogate, hours Yorks, and starts its five-day run on February 20.
In keeping with the spirit of the Fair, MPAAT designed the cold turkey to add some fun to its message.
I've tried to go cold turkey but I'm unable to function properly and I'm worried about how it affects my job.
Cold Turkey has been a standing dish on the all-weather, with 11 of his 16 wins achieved on an artificial surface, and the ten-year-old steps back on to the racecourse in the Goffs Breeze Up At Kempton March 12th Handicap (5.
The man is believed to have been an alcoholic and was going through cold turkey when he suddenly flipped out.
The Since U Been Gone singer said: "I felt so ashamed and embarrassed that I literally went cold turkey and snapped out of it.
A grandmother, forced to go cold turkey after her prescription drugs were withdrawn, wants compensation.
Some people believe in a 12-step program, and there's nothing wrong with that, but I did a one-step program to Jesus Christ, and I stopped cold turkey,'' he said.
Cold Turkey, a song by John Lennon, reflected his very real pain at combating his drug addiction.
Cold Turkey was in receipt of 4lb that day and he gets 10lb here.