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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.

[Probably from the serving of cold roast turkey as a dish needing no preparation .]

cold turkey

n
1. (Recreational Drugs) slang a method of curing drug addiction by abrupt withdrawal of all doses
2. (Recreational Drugs) the withdrawal symptoms, esp nausea and shivering, brought on by this method

cold′ tur′key


n.
1. abrupt and complete withdrawal from the use of an addictive substance, esp. a narcotic drug or nicotine.
adv.
2. abruptly and completely: to withdraw cold turkey from a drug.
3. without preparation; impromptu.
[1915–20, Amer.]
cold′-tur′key, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cold turkey - a blunt expression of views; "I told him cold turkey"
verbal expression, verbalism, expression - the communication (in speech or writing) of your beliefs or opinions; "expressions of good will"; "he helped me find verbal expression for my ideas"; "the idea was immediate but the verbalism took hours"
2.cold turkey - complete and abrupt withdrawal of all addictive drugs or anything else on which you have become dependent; "he quit smoking cold turkey"; "she quit her job cold turkey"
drug withdrawal, withdrawal - the termination of drug taking
Translations

cold turkey

n (fam) to go cold turkeyavere la scimmia

cold turkey

adv (fam) de golpe, abruptamente y sin ayuda (refiriéndose a la suspensión de un hábito o de una adicción)
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