To go cold turkey
About a decade later, a newspaper in British Columbia, mentioned “cold turkey” as a “treatment”: “Perhaps the most pitiful figures who have appeared before Dr. Carleton Simon … that are given what is called the ‘cold turkey’ treatment.” The meaning could be then be from the withdrawal symptoms (the treatment) of an addict – clamminess, cold sweat, goose bumps – comparable to a cold turkey carcass. The San Francisco Chronicle made a further attempt to explain this meaning when in 1978 they published: “It derives from the hideous combination of goosepimples … [and] ‘the cold burn’ that addicts suffer as they kick the habit.” More recently, in the book Cop Speak: The Lingo of Law Enforcement and Crime (1996), the author elucidates: “…the term may derive from the cold, clammy feel of the skin during withdrawal, like a turkey that has been refrigerated.”
Another possible explanation is that it describes cold turkey, a dish which is also made without much preparation, but there is little evidence to support this.
My chocolate addiction had been getting out of hand, so I decided to go cold turkey and give up all sweets.
I had been spending all my time on social media, so I went cold turkey and deleted all the apps from my phone.
The employees quit cold turkey, leaving the interns to complete the project.