American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Slang Immediate, complete withdrawal from something on which one has become dependent, such as an addictive drug.
- n. Slang Blunt language or procedural method.
- n. Slang A cold fish.
- n. The sudden and complete withdrawal of a dependent substance, especially of a drug
- n. The physiological effects of such a withdrawal
- adv. idiomatic Not gradually; all at once. Refers especially to quitting a habit by force of will rather than by a gradual reduction.
- n. complete and abrupt withdrawal of all addictive drugs or anything else on which you have become dependent
- n. a blunt expression of views
- From the goose bumps that people get when they're cold turkey. (Wiktionary)
“If you’re in the habit of drinking bottled beverages containing 30 or more radiance-robbing grams of sugar, you might either stop the sugar cold turkey which is really not painful if you sweeten the drinks smartly or progress gently down the sugar gram scale as your taste buds evolve.”
“I tell myself it’s just to help with the transitionthat going cold turkey was a bad ideathat this is going to be a short cutting cycle.”
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