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Where does the phrase 'cold turkey' come from?

Asked by blueberry_kid (5643 points ) February 2nd, 2014 from iPhone

I know what it means, I just want to know why it’s ‘I’m just going to do my diet cold turkey.’

Like why can’t it be ‘hot salami’ or something

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Brian1946's avatar

Numerous zoological studies have shown that turkeys need bad habits and addictions to maintain their body heat. ;-)

josie's avatar

Heroin addicts will experience cold sweats and goose bumps if they have sudden withdrawl. It makes their skin look and feel like a turkey (before it is cooked).

marinelife's avatar

“A narrowing of the meaning “suddenly or without preparation,” from cold turkey being a dish that requires little preparation; originally used for heroin addicts. From the American phrase talk turkey meaning “to speak bluntly with little preparation”.

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Symbeline's avatar

I asked this a while back, didn’t get too many answers, but check out the first answer. Seems legit.

Cold Turkey

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