Cold-turkey meaning

Immediate, complete withdrawal from something on which one has become dependent, such as an addictive drug.
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Immediately and without gradual reduction of use.

Quit smoking cold turkey.

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Frankly or directly; without mincing words.

Spoke to her staff cold turkey about the likelihood of layoffs.

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Abruptly and totally.
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In a frank, blunt, or matter-of-fact way.

To talk cold turkey about our chances.

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Without preparation or preliminaries.
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Immediate, complete withdrawal from something on which one has become dependent, such as an addictive drug.
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Immediately and without gradual reduction of use.

Quit smoking cold turkey.

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The sudden and complete withdrawal of a dependent substance, especially of a drug.
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The physiological effects of such a withdrawal.
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(idiomatic) Not gradually; all at once. Refers especially to quitting a habit by force of will rather than by a gradual reduction.

It is difficult, but possible to quit smoking cold turkey.

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Origin of cold-turkey

  • Probably from the serving of cold roast turkey as a dish needing no preparation

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the goose bumps that people get when they're cold turkey.

    From Wiktionary