Idiom Lesson “Cold Turkey” From Happy English New York!

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Today’s idiom is about quitting a bad habit. If you stop that habit without medical help, or some other assistance, we say you have quit or stopped cold turkey.
– John quit smoking cold turkey
– Ever since Jane stopped drinking cold turkey, she’s been feeling great.
Please be careful of the structure with this idiom. We usually say:

Quit [something] cold turkey:  John quit smoking cold turkey
Stop [something] cold turkey: Jane stopped drinking cold turkey

We can also say go cold turkey:
A: I heard John quit smoking
B: Yes, he went cold turkey
Going cold turkey is often an effective way to stop a bad habit. Do you know someone who has quit something cold turkey? Leave a comment and let us know



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