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Cold turkey - explanation of the term

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Lorin   
Lorin

cold turky like that

in hebrew the translate say its cold  the country turkey
so what is connect to stopping drugs immidatly?

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brassmonkey   
brassmonkey

"Cold Turkey" is an American slang term for stopping an activity abruptly.  

 

The origins of the term seem to date back to the founding colonies but its usage in terms of drug withdrawal didn't start until about 1921.  There is a lot of speculation as to why the term is used but no clear cut reason.  Some say it's due to the physical feelings of abrupt withdrawal from heroin, while some say it has more to do with the reaction of the body, turning cold and bumpy.  Cold refers to temperature, while Turkey does not refer to the country, but rather to the game bird that was a staple food item in past centuries and still a popular meal today.  The term really came into popular use during the 1960s when the "baby boom generation" was experimenting a lot with recreational drugs. Today it's frequently used in regards to abruptly stopping any activity.

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