Green’s Dictionary of Slang

kick v.4

[abbr. kick the habit under habit n.]
(orig. US drugs)

1. (also kick the monkey) to stop taking an addictive drug.

[US]D. Maurer ‘Lang. of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in Lang. Und. (1981) 104/2: KICK. [...] To go off drugs. They threw me into a cell in the band-house and I kicked her cold-turkey.
[US]N. Algren Man with the Golden Arm 24: I’m kickin’ the stuff altogether this week end.
[US]E. Hunter ‘See Him Die’ in Jungle Kids (1967) 103: Nothing till he kicked the heroin monkey.
[US]Larner & Tefferteller Addict in the Street (1966) 26: It wasn’t that bad kicking, because they give you medication to calm down your sickness.
[US]John Lee Hooker ‘Kick Hit 4 Hit Kix U’ [lyrics] You better try and kick it That needle is too heavy for ya.
[US]C. McFadden Serial 106: I thought maybe I ought to kick the Valium.
[US]Courtwright & Des Jarlais Addicts Who Survived 63: When you’re kicking, your bowels bust, you get nauseous.
Cooper & Wright New Jack City [film script] I kept telling myself I was going to kick, but I never did. I’m a junkie.
[UK]I. Welsh Trainspotting 192: Because she kicked them [i.e. valium] she now regards herself as an expert on drug rehabilitation.
[US]C. Cook Robbers (2001) 292: I was thinking about looking him up, maybe see if I can’t get him to kick.
[US]J. Stahl Plainclothes Naked (2002) 138: Having kicked cold himself, he didn’t particularly think anybody else should have to.
[UK]K. Richards Life 432: It [a rift with Mick Jagger] dated from the time i finally kicked heroin.

2. to stop any form of addiction.

[US]L. Bruce Essential Lenny Bruce 197: If you’re married seven years, you gotta kick for two.
[US]A.K. Shulman On the Stroll 135: [of an alcoholic] When her mother was trying to kick, she vomited every time she swallowed water.
[UK]Indep. on Sun. Travel 11 July 4: An addiction to adventure that is hard to kick.
[US]C. Hiaasen Skinny Dip 138: Like when you try to kick caffeine, suddenly the whole damn world smells like Folger’s.

In phrases

kick off (v.)

1. (US drugs) to sleep off the effects of drugs.

[US] in Lannoy & Masterson ‘Teen-age Hophead Jargon’ AS XXVII:1.
[US]Anslinger & Tompkins Traffic In Narcotics 311: kicking off. Sleeping off drug effects.

2. to withdraw from narcotic addiction.

[US]Jess Stearn Sisters of the Night 55: He’s in and out of Riker’s Island, trying to kick-off the dope.