Hair of the dog that bit you

Definition

The idiom ‘Hair of the Dog that Bit You’ is a phrase used to describe a situation in which an individual remedies a problem or ailment with the same thing that caused it.

Examples

After a night of too much drinking, the only hair of the dog that bit me was more coffee.

I need to avoid the hair of the dog that bit me and just get some rest.

Origin

The origin of the phrase is somewhat unclear, but it has been used in English since at least the 16th century.

FAQs

What does ‘Hair of the Dog that Bit You’ mean? (It means to resolve an issue with the same thing that caused it)

Is this idiom offensive? (No, it is not intended to be disrespectful or offensive)

Where did this phrase come from? (It is thought to have originated from the idea of putting a hair from a rabid dog on a wound to cure it)