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What's the origin?

Posted by Steve McHugh on January 30, 2000

In Reply to: What's the origin? posted by Vincent Jackson on January 30, 2000

: Does anyone actually know the origin of the popular phrase "Stop Cold Turkey"? I know it is used to mean a sudden and complete stop, as to "Stop smoking cold turkey" or to "Stop eating red meat cold turkey," but I don't know how and when it was started. Any guesses?

Dude, the origin is listed in the Phrase Finder directory! It's origin: "In the state of drug withdrawal the addicts blood is directed to the internal organs leaving the skin white and with goose bumps." In the future, to save time and space, you might want to check that out before asking on the Discussion Forum.