cold turkey


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cold turkey

1. Slang a method of curing drug addiction by abrupt withdrawal of all doses
2. the withdrawal symptoms, esp nausea and shivering, brought on by this method
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This is why Christ asks his disciples to follow him, cold turkey, without any hesitation or reservation.
What's especially brilliant about Cold Turkey is that it's merciless
Here's what I think the truth is: We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial, about to face cold turkey.
Back then, Joan Flynn, 66, of Hilton Head, SC, who had been taking Premarin for nearly 20 years, quit cold turkey, even though the study's findings were for Prempro, an entirely different medication.
But when deprived of the drug, the animals' withdrawal symptoms--shaking, jumping, teeth chattering--were much less severe than those of other addicted mice going cold turkey.
Back in a moment, but first, to business: Merriam-Webster's 10th Collegiate Dictionary assures me that even a cold turkey has warm blood, as do all avians, so warmblooded can go.
When pressed to come up with a helpful solution in his 1984 book documenting the failed legacy of welfare, Losing Ground, Murray shrank from the challenge: Simply abolish welfare, he said, cold turkey.
The descriptions were horrifying and were compared to the cold turkey symptoms when giving up drugs or alcohol.
Each day, the ship anchors in a cozy cove along the shore where you can go on land for jogging, sight-seeing or to make phone calls--just in case you can't go cold turkey.
Mintel found that the overwhelming majority of adults who successfully quit smoking (74%) said they did so by going cold turkey and just stopping the habit.
SMOKERS who quit the habit by going cold turkey are 25% more likely to succeed than those who cut down first, research shows.
The research was commissioned by pharmaceutical company Pfizer Ltd to support its Don't Go Cold Turkey awareness campaign, aimed at highlighting the help available to smokers wanting to quit.