The hair of the dog

Definition

The idiom “the hair of the dog” is an English expression that means to take a small amount of the thing that caused a problem as a way to fix it.

Examples

I’m nursing a hangover this morning, so I’m going to have a hair of the dog.

I need a hair of the dog to help me through this rough patch.

Origin

The origin of this phrase is unclear, but some believe it originated from an old folk remedy that suggested a bit of hair from the dog that bit you could help heal the wound.

FAQs

Q

What does the idiom “the hair of the dog” mean?

A

It is an English expression that means to take a small amount of the thing that caused a problem as a way to fix it.