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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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A whole new life was opened to me and, cold turkey, in my own simple way, I wanted to take the path resolutely determined to follow Christ and, in following him, help the youth of the high school discover Christ in their life.
cold turkey on the all-weather Converse in favour of Zara's studded ankle boot (EUR113).
The report has been carried out by Pfizer Limited, who have launched a Don't Go Cold Turkey campaign, having discovered that going 'cold turkey' is the most popular method Tynesiders use in their bid to quit smoking.
WHEN I had a two-hour operation I was offered two slices of bread which had curling crusts and, in the middle, one slice of cold turkey.
The judge told teenager Shane Preston that he could go cold turkey and come out clean on his release.
JUNKIE prisoners have received more than pounds 30,000 in compensation after they were forced to go cold turkey in jail.
Cold Turkey can defy his advancing years with victory in the Race To Pontin's For Easter Handicap.
GRAMMY grabber Amy Winehouse's life is back on track after going cold turkey and telling nurses: "I want to get better".
I have an opportunity to do a few races and slowly wean myself off rather than go cold turkey.
Cold Turkey, a song by John Lennon, reflected his very real pain at combating his drug addiction.
A SHOCKING TV show featuring heroin addicts doing cold turkey in a Big Brother-style house is to be shown on Channel 4.
The winner for December 19 is COLD TURKEY from Sharon Henslee of Fazeley.