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cold turkey

noun

Simple Definition of cold turkey

  • : the act of stopping a bad habit (such as taking drugs) in a sudden and complete way

Full Definition of cold turkey

  1. 1 :  abrupt complete cessation of the use of an addictive drug; also :  the symptoms experienced by a person undergoing withdrawal from a drug

  2. 2 :  unrelieved blunt language or procedure

  3. 3 :  a cold aloof person

cold–turkey transitive verb

Examples of cold turkey

  1. I tried lots of ways to stop smoking, even cold turkey.

  2. <my new boss is a cold turkey and definitely not one for chitchat>



1921

First Known Use of cold turkey

1921

Rhymes with cold turkey


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cold turkey

adverb

Definition of cold turkey

  1. :  all at once :  abruptly: as a :  without a period of gradual adjustment, adaptation, or withdrawal <quit smoking cold turkey> b :  without preparation <a new player who started the season cold turkey>



1941

First Known Use of cold turkey

1941


Medical Dictionary

cold turkey

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noun cold tur·key \-ˈtər-kē\

Medical Definition of cold turkey

  1. :  abrupt complete cessation of the use of an addictive drug; also :  the symptoms experienced by one undergoing withdrawal from a drug

  2. cold turkey adverb or transitive verb





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