After two weeks of cold turkey, I sensed he was faltering and bought him some Nicotine gum.
Going "cold turkey" off of heroin, while difficult, is not impossible—and very rarely fatal.
Chop fine the meat of a cold turkey, and to each cupful add one-third of a cupful of cracker crumbs and one egg.
I knew they'd handed me out 'cold turkey,' but I took my medicine.
He had gone to Henry Gottrell "cold turkey," and with authority from the department.
He materialised a cold turkey, a brown loaf, and some tomatoes; and he even achieved table-napkins.
Supper of cold turkey and cocoa, with anecdotal references to Christmases of long ago.
And here from cold turkey and other choice bits left from Sunday dinner, they concocted a feast with hilarity and satisfaction.
Tootles, said Flick severely, put the cold soup, the cold turkey and the cold pig upon the table.
Some of the cold turkey might also be cut in small pieces and added to the soup.
"without preparation," 1910; narrower sense of "withdrawal from an addictive substance" (originally heroin) first recorded 1921. Cold turkey is a food that requires little preparation, so "to quit like cold turkey" is to do so suddenly and without preparation. Cf. cold shoulder.
To “go cold turkey” is to withdraw suddenly and completely from an addictive substance or some other form of dependency: “Many people who attempt to quit smoking do so by going cold turkey rather than by gradually cutting down.”
Requiring abrupt and complete deprivation: They tried the cold-turkey cure (1921+)
Basic; unadorned; hard-core: Stalin didn't like certain cold-turkey facts Kennan reported (1920s+)