Green’s Dictionary of Slang

cold turkey v.

[cold turkey n. (1)]

to subject oneself or another addict (usu. a heroin user) to cold turkey n. (1)

[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US](con. 1948) G. Mandel Flee the Angry Strangers 244: You gonna cold-turkey it!
[US]H. Ellison ‘Gentleman Junkie’ in Gentleman Junkie 22: He had started to ‘cold turkey’ a cure.
[US]Harper’s Bazaar Apr. 124B: If you are not cold-turkeying, try to figure out which cigarettes are most important to you.
[US]R. Shell Iced 200: I was in a foul mood from having to cold turkey my cocaine addiction.
[UK]N. Griffiths Sheepshagger 138: Spew down-a front of yewer fuckin shirt screamin at-a passers-by cos ey wouldn’t lend yew any fuckin money. Cold turkeyin like.