Cold Turkey

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Definition:

1) Immediate, complete withdrawal from something on which one has become dependent, as with an addictive drug.
2) blunt / plain language; getting down to business (American)

Description:

This refers to an addict’s skin reaction to heroin withdrawal. As an addict stops using the drug, blood is drawn toward the internal organs, thereby leaving the skin to resemble a cold, plucked turkey.

The origin dates back to 1910 and originally meant “without preparation,” referring to the ease of making a dish of cold turkey. In 1922, the expression acquired its darker connotation related to drug withdrawal.

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http://ask.yahoo.com/20030128.html

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