Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. complete and abrupt withdrawal of all addictive drugs or anything else on which you have become dependent
  • n. a blunt expression of views

Etymologies

From the goose bumps that people get when they're cold turkey. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    The Truth About Beauty

  • 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.

    Gladiator

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