go cold turkey

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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.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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