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hair of the dog

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  • noun idiomatic An alcoholic drink taken the morning after to cure a hangover or withdrawal symptoms.

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  • noun an alcoholic drink supposed to cure a hangover

Etymologies

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From “hair of the dog that bit you”, a folk remedy for rabies by placing hair from the dog that bites one into the wound. The use of the phrase as a metaphor for a hangover treatment dates at least to the 16th century.

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  • Typically, ingesting alcohol to cure a hangover. Strange. See Body Metaphors.

    February 28, 2008

  • Short for "a hair of the dog that bit you", i.e. the basic principle of voodoo or vaccination.

    February 28, 2008

  • Ooh, and how many other things do voodoo and vaccination actually have in common?

    February 28, 2008

  • Apparently people used to actually believe that if a dog bit you, its hair would cure you of the bite. It certainly wouldn't appeal to me to try to pluck a hair from any animal that had bitten me. On the other hand, if I could get someone else to do it, I might reap a small amount of revenge, though not so very much.

    The concept is one that is widely held, across cultures--not just in Vodou. Perhaps it appears in its most explicit forms in the fundamental principle of homeopathy: similia similibus, curantur or “likes are cured by likes.�?

    July 11, 2009