Cold Turkey

The phrase to go ‘cold turkey’ means to abruptly cut off an addiction. It is usually used to describe the cutting off of an addiction to hard drugs such as heroin. But can be used in a lighthearted way to describe the sudden withdrawal of anything or indeed anyone from an individual’s life. As in, “I realised I had become addicted to her, she was constantly in my thoughts, and I believe I was falling in love. However, sadly, it became clear that she did not feel the same way, so I decided to break off contact for a while, and go cold turkey!”. It is a phrase that describes abruptly quitting something, Usually stopping something immediately without preparation or any “easing out” of it. Going cold turkey is almost always an unpleasant experience.

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