Why Is Suddenly Quitting Something Completely Called Going “Cold Turkey”?

Question by Domino: Why Is Suddenly Quitting Something Completely Called Going “Cold Turkey”?

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Answer by amoreflowers
Going “Cold Turkey” is usually used when people stop smoking or taking drugs without much preparation.

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Answer by Satish N
“Cold turkey” is a slang expression describing the actions of a person who gives up a habit or addiction all at once, rather than gradually (easing the process through tapering off or using supplemental medication). This is, of course, the cheapest method of quitting any habit, and its supposed advantage is that by not actively using supplemental methods, the person avoids thinking about the habit and therefore, the temptation.

The term allegedly derives from the comparison of a cold turkey carcass and the state of a withdrawing addict — most notably, the cold sweats and goose bumps. It is often preceded by the verb “to go,” as in “going cold turkey.”

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