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Friday, 11 September 2009

Phrase of the Day 188: 'The hair of the dog'

"The hair of the dog"


definition: A small measure of drink, intended to cure a hangover.

origin: The fuller version of this phrase, i.e. 'the hair of the dog that bit me', gives a clue to the source of the name of this supposed hangover cure. That derivation is from the mediaeval belief that, when someone was bitten by a rabid dog, a cure could be made by applying the same dog's hair to the infected wound.

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Student Publishing said...

That derivation is from the mediaeval belief that, when someone was bitten by a rabid dog, a cure could be made by applying the same dog's hair to the infected wound.

lokibjensen said...

My dog bit my old secretary on her leg. She asked me for some of his hair because her accupunturist wanted her to make a tea out of it. I told her I'd give her the hair on the condition that she didn't make a doggy voodoo doll out of it.