the hair of the dog

the hair of the dog (that bit you)

An alcoholic drink consumed to remedy a hangover. The phrase comes from the notion that literally rubbing the hair of the dog that bit you on the wound would help it to heal. Wow, I feel terrible this morning. The only cure is the hair of the dog, I guess!
See also: bit, dog, hair, of

hair of the dog

a small quantity of alcohol taken as a remedy for a hangover. informal
The full form of this phrase is hair of the dog that bit you . Hair from a rabid dog was at one time thought to be a remedy against the effects of its bite; in this expression, the recommended cure for a hangover is a small amount of the cause of the problem.
1987 Bruce Allen Powe The Ice Eaters Murray, still feeling the effects of the previous evening, had suggested they go into a bar because he needed a hair of the dog.
See also: dog, hair, of

the hair of the ˈdog (that ˈbit you)

(informal) an alcoholic drink taken in the morning in order to help cure the unpleasant effects of drinking too much alcohol the night before: ‘Why are you drinking whisky at 8 o’clock in the morning?’ ‘Hair of the dog. I’ve got the most terrible hangover.’In the past, if a person was bitten by a dog, burnt hair from the same dog was used as a protection against infection.
See also: dog, hair, of
References in classic literature ?
the Mufti of Moosh; the hair of the dog that bit Noah, etc.
The hair of the dog that bit you will make you feel better FALSE: "Having a quick drink the morning after will only ease the alcohol withdrawal and delay the hangover,explains Professor Paul Wallace, chief medical adviser for Drinkaware (drinkaware.
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YOU'VE heard about the hair of the dog but what about the hair of the Big Fellow?
Participating nonprofits and events include the Young Friends of the Art Museum, Habitat for Humanity, the Junior League, Young Friends of the Zoo, the Make a Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald Childrens' Charities, Philadelphia READS, the Goose Ball, Wine Brats, the Beaux Arts Ball and the Hair of the Dog Gala.
If you overdo it, forget the hair of the dog and lay off alcohol for 48 hours - you`ll feel a lot better for it.
FORGET the hair of the dog to cure your party hangover this Christmas, reach for the artichokes instead.
Taking some of the hair of the dog that bit you mab prove sound advice when it comes to skin cancer.
It's a kind of withdrawal symptom, and that's why some people feel better with the hair of the dog.
GARY Neville and friends yesterday downed the hair of the dog before heading home after his marathon stag party.
To start with, you can forget the old wives' tale that the hair of the dog will have you feeling back on top form.
But they left the pub in need of more than the hair of the dog after Jenny had finished work with her scissors, razor and waxing treatments.
And while a few Rovers might have needed the hair of the dog the next morning, it wasn't as ruff as some bashes Robbie has gone to.
Drinkers can just phone the Hair of the Dog pub and Michael or a member of staff will pick them up.
And Dotty, who serenades drinkers with his wide repertoire of songs, was on hand to sing a victory verse - redrown the shamrock and look forward to the hair of the dog.