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hair of the dog, the

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hair of the dog, the

modifier

: Does the hair-of-the-dog procedure eventually desensitize key cells in the immune system to the offending allergen?

noun phrase

A drink of liquor taken as a remedy for a hangover; in general, the use of a harmful agent against itself

[1546+; fr the belief that the bite of a dog could be healed by applying its hair to the wound]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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