Instant Idiom – Cold turkey

__________ turkey – stop doing something immediately

Choose the right answer:

  1. cold
  2. hot
  3. sweet
  4. quick



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The right answer is:

cold turkey

Joel Bombardier


(Cold turkey originally meant and still means the unpleasant physical effects a drug addict gets when he stops taking drugs.)

Here are some examples of how you can use it:

If drug addicts take methadone instead of heroin they won’t suffer from cold turkey.

Did you experience any cold turkey when you stopped drinking coffee in the mornings?

The nurse was taking care of the addicts who were experiencing the effects of cold turkey.

Last month he quit smoking cold turkey, and he hasn’t smoked since.

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