the hair of the dog (that bit you)

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 that bit you

Whatever made you ill used as a remedy, especially alcohol as a hangover cure. For example, A little hair of the dog will cure that hangover in no time. This expression, already a proverb in John Heywood's 1546 compendium, is based on the ancient folk treatment for dogbite of putting a burnt hair of the dog on the wound. It is often shortened, as in the example.
See also: bit, dog, hair, of, that

a hair of the dog

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A hair of the dog is an alcoholic drink that someone has to try to make them feel better after drinking too much alcohol the day before. I need a drink, chum. A large hair of the dog. Note: You can also talk about a hair of the dog that bit you. Now he was feeling worse and wondering if a hair of the dog that bit him might not set him up for the day. Note: There was an old belief that if a person was bitten by a mad dog, they could be cured by putting some hairs from the dog's tail on the wound.
See also: 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

hair of the dog that bit you

More alcohol to counteract the effects of a hangover. Most ancient civilizations and many modern ones believed that the most effective cure for a dog bite was a bundle of the canine's hair tied inside or around the wound. On the same theory that the injury's cause could also be the cure came the metaphor for taking a drink of alcohol to lessen, if not eliminate, the discomfort of “the morning after.” There's some truth to the idea: a Bloody Mary, Screwdriver, and another alcoholic beverage will take the edge off your hangover by making you drunk (or drunker) again, but alas, another slug of the demon rum won't cure the underlying problem, and at some point the piper will have to be paid.
See also: bit, dog, hair, of, that