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What does this mean and what are its origins: "hair of the dog?"?

Asked by JonnyCeltics (2721points) May 22nd, 2008
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Harp's avatar

It’s a shortened version of the expression “Take the hair of the dog that bit you” and is now used to refer to the practice of having a morning drink as a hangover cure. The expression originated from a superstition regarding rabies: it was believed that if one was bitten by a dog, placing some of that dog’s hair on the wound would prevent rabies. The alcohol-related use of the term dates back at least to Shakespeare.

aidje's avatar

Nowadays, it’s also the name of a really terrible energy drink.

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