cold turkey

noun

Definition of cold turkey 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

2 : unrelieved blunt language or procedure

3 : a cold aloof person

cold turkey

adverb

Definition of cold turkey (Entry 2 of 2)

: all at once : abruptly: such 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

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Other Words from cold turkey

Noun

cold-turkey \ˈkōld-ˈtər-kē \ transitive verb

Synonyms for cold turkey

Synonyms: Noun

cold fish, iceberg

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Examples of cold turkey in a Sentence

Noun

I tried lots of ways to stop smoking, even cold turkey. my new boss is a cold turkey and definitely not one for chitchat

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

In a novel case with national implications, the Washington state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is suing the jail to force it to provide opiate-withdrawal medication to prisoners, rather than requiring them to go cold turkey. Washington Post, "Lawsuit: Washington jail must provide addiction treatment," 7 June 2018 Amy, when my father had a stroke, he was forced to stop smoking, cold turkey. BostonGlobe.com, "She resents the constant invitations she gets to sales parties," 31 May 2018 That change was a recognition that many pregnant women with a history of drug abuse take prescribed opioids — methadone or buprenorphine — to manage their cravings, prevent withdrawal, and avoid the miscarriage risk of quitting opioids cold turkey. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Pa. law aims to protect newborns of moms in opioid addiction," 29 June 2018 Amy, when my father had a stroke, he was forced to stop smoking, cold turkey. BostonGlobe.com, "She resents the constant invitations she gets to sales parties," 31 May 2018 Many developers suggested apps to block out specific websites or programs -- Freedom, Self-control, AppDetox, cold turkey and StayFocusd. William Wan, chicagotribune.com, "I had a bit of an app addiction. Until these apps saved me.," 5 July 2018 Going cold turkey can bring on some serious ill effects. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "11 Potential Causes of Those Night Sweats That Leave You Drenched," 30 June 2018 Is there a way to transition them out of driving rather than taking away the keys cold turkey? Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "When is it time to take away the car keys from older parents?," 21 June 2018 Amy, when my father had a stroke, he was forced to stop smoking, cold turkey. BostonGlobe.com, "She resents the constant invitations she gets to sales parties," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of cold turkey

Noun

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cold turkey was in 1919

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cold turkey

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cold turkey

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

cold turkey

noun
cold tur·key | \-ˈtər-kē \

Medical Definition of cold turkey 

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

Other Words from cold turkey

cold-turkey adverb or transitive verb

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