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cold turkey

[ kohld-tur-kee ]SEE DEFINITION OF cold turkey

Synonyms for cold turkey

  • abrupt withdrawal
  • crash
  • detox
  • detoxification
  • on the wagon
  • sudden withdrawal
  • taking the cure
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COLD TURKEY

I knew they'd handed me out 'cold turkey,' but I took my medicine.

He materialised a cold turkey, a brown loaf, and some tomatoes; and he even achieved table-napkins.

With cold turkey, serve tomato jelly, salad dressing or mayonnaise of celery; or cranberry jelly.

Chop fine the meat of a cold turkey, and to each cupful add one-third of a cupful of cracker crumbs and one egg.

He had gone to Henry Gottrell "cold turkey," and with authority from the department.

And here from cold turkey and other choice bits left from Sunday dinner, they concocted a feast with hilarity and satisfaction.

Tootles, said Flick severely, put the cold soup, the cold turkey and the cold pig upon the table.

Some of the cold turkey might also be cut in small pieces and added to the soup.

In a few minutes, a small table, furnished with a cold turkey and a decanter of wine, was laid for her in the bower.

Cut the cold turkey meat into dice and mix it with twice the quantity of diced celery and one cupful of broken walnut meats.

WORD ORIGIN

"without preparation," 1910; narrower sense of "withdrawal from an addictive substance" (originally heroin) first recorded 1921. Cold turkey is a food that requires little preparation, so "to quit like cold turkey" is to do so suddenly and without preparation. Cf. cold shoulder.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR COLD TURKEY

cure

verbheal, ease bad situation
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