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kick the habit

Meaning: If you kick the habit, you manage to stop doing something that has become a bad habit.

For example:

  • I wish I could stop smoking cigarettes but I just can't kick the habit.

  • Rashid used to bite his fingernails but his girlfriend made him kick the habit.

Note: "Kick a habit" can be used when talking about habits in general, as in "Kicking a habit isn't easy."

Quick Quiz:

If a cigarette smoker says they want to kick the habit, it means they want to
  1. stop smoking cigarettes
  2. smoke better cigarettes
  3. spread the habit to others

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