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03-16-2005, 12:31 PM
What's the origin of the phrase "hair of the dog?" What does it mean? I hear it thrown around from time to time, sometimes as "hair of the dog that bit you."
Does it have something to do with getting drunk?
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03-16-2005, 12:52 PM
From Etymology Online Dictionary:
Phrase hair of the dog that bit you (1546), homeopathic remedy, is in Pliny.
This is the idea that a little bit of the thing that hurt you may help you.
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