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English definition of “withdrawal symptoms”

withdrawal symptoms

noun [plural] uk   us  
the unpleasant physical and mental effects that result when you stop doing or taking something, especially a drug, which has become a habit: He was suffering from all the classic withdrawal symptoms associated with giving up heroin.figurative humorous I haven't seen any TV for over a week and I'm having withdrawal symptoms.
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