A remedy that contains a small amount of whatever caused the ailment: “When Anne had a bad hangover, Paul offered her a Bloody Mary and said, ‘Have a little of the hair of the dog that bit you.’”
Whatever made you ill used as a remedy, especially alcohol as a hangover cure. For example, A little hair of the dog will cure that hangover in no time. This expression, already a proverb in John Heywood’s 1546 compendium, is based on the ancient folk treatment for dogbite of putting a burnt hair of the dog on the wound. It is often shortened, as in the example.
- Hair papilla
hair papilla n. A knoblike vascular indentation of the bottom of a hair follicle, on which the hair bulb fits.
- Hair pie
noun phrase [1930s+; a pun on hare pie]
[hair-pees] /ˈhɛərˌpis/ noun 1. a toupee. /ˈhɛəˌpiːs/ noun 1. a wig or toupee 2. Also called postiche. a section of extra hair attached to a woman’s real hair to give it greater bulk or length
[hair-pin] /ˈhɛərˌpɪn/ noun 1. a slender U -shaped piece of wire, shell, etc., used by women to fasten up the or hold a headdress. adjective 2. (of a road, curve in a road, etc.) sharply curved back, as in a U shape: a hairpin turn. /ˈhɛəˌpɪn/ noun 1. a thin double-pronged pin used by women […]