1. (also kick the monkey) to stop taking an addictive drug.
|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.‘Lang. of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in|
|Man with the Golden Arm 24: I’m kickin’ the stuff altogether this week end.|
|Jungle Kids (1967) 103: Nothing till he kicked the heroin monkey.‘See Him Die’ in|
|Addict in the Street (1966) 26: It wasn’t that bad kicking, because they give you medication to calm down your sickness.|
|‘Kick Hit 4 Hit Kix U’ [lyrics] You better try and kick it That needle is too heavy for ya.|
|Serial 106: I thought maybe I ought to kick the Valium.|
|Addicts Who Survived 63: When you’re kicking, your bowels bust, you get nauseous.|
|New Jack City [film script] I kept telling myself I was going to kick, but I never did. I’m a junkie.|
|Trainspotting 192: Because she kicked them [i.e. valium] she now regards herself as an expert on drug rehabilitation.|
|Robbers (2001) 292: I was thinking about looking him up, maybe see if I can’t get him to kick.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 138: Having kicked cold himself, he didn’t particularly think anybody else should have to.|
|Life 432: It [a rift with Mick Jagger] dated from the time i finally kicked heroin.|
2. to stop any form of addiction.
|Essential Lenny Bruce 197: If you’re married seven years, you gotta kick for two.|
|On the Stroll 135: [of an alcoholic] When her mother was trying to kick, she vomited every time she swallowed water.|
|Indep. on Sun. Travel 11 July 4: An addiction to adventure that is hard to kick.|
|Skinny Dip 138: Like when you try to kick caffeine, suddenly the whole damn world smells like Folger’s.|
1. (US drugs) to sleep off the effects of drugs.
|in AS XXVII:1.‘Teen-age Hophead Jargon’|
|Traffic In Narcotics 311: kicking off. Sleeping off drug effects.|
2. to withdraw from narcotic addiction.
|Sisters of the Night 55: He’s in and out of Riker’s Island, trying to kick-off the dope.|