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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)

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