Cluck is one of the many euphemisms in use, to describe going cold turkey
,a sudden stoppage of the addictive drug heroin
and other opiates
and many more, marketed pain killers)
The term, cluck derivates from the term cold turkey
, owing to the fact that when withdrawing from these drgs, one of the many withdrawal symptoms include goosebumps, like those on a plucked turkey. ** In the song 'Cold Turkey
' by John Lennon
, there is a lyric; "...Goose Pimple Bones" **
Too be fussy, the word should really be gobble
as that's the sound turkeys make, but, as you may, or may not, know; gobble
has taken on a different meaning..
There are many, many euphemisms for withdrawing from heroin
etc., but others relevent to turkey/cluck are: to roast
, spitting feathers
and being oven ready
That's where cluck comes from! Not crack!, although clucking
has become a generic term for withdrawing from any addictive substace - as cold turkey
has also done. But (as explained above) they originate from opoid withdrawal symptoms.
To see an almost endless list of words and phrases to do with withdrawing
check out heroin
I had used up my bag of heroin and had no other means of keeping the turkey at bay. I knew that I was in for a big cluck, starting in a few hours time. By the mornig, I'll be clucking so bad I'll be spitting feathers.