the morning after
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the morning after (the night before)
A hangover. A: "Ugh, I feel so sick." B: "Sounds like the morning after the night before to me. Weren't you out at the bar last night?"
the morning ˈafter (the night beˈfore)(informal) the morning after an occasion when somebody has drunk too much alcohol and is feeling tired, ill/sick, etc: She was suffering from the effects of the morning after. ♢ a morning-after headache
the morning afterverb
morning after, the
The generally unpleasant consequences of a previous action or activity. The term originated in the late nineteenth century and at first referred exclusively to the aftereffects of a drinking bout; it often was put as the morning after the night before. By the mid-twentieth century it had been extended to include the consequences of any prior action, although it retained the negative implications of a hangover. It is also used in the colloquial name for an oral contraceptive taken after intercourse has occurred, the morning-after pill.
See also: morning