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/ ˈhæŋˌoʊ vər /
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the disagreeable physical aftereffects of drunkenness, such as a headache or stomach disorder, usually felt several hours after cessation of drinking.
something remaining behind from a former period or state of affairs.
any aftermath of or lingering effect from a distressing experience: the post-Watergate hangover in Washington.
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The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
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Origin of hangover

1890–95, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase hang over
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British Dictionary definitions for hangover

/ (ˈhæŋˌəʊvə) /

the delayed aftereffects of drinking too much alcohol in a relatively short period of time, characterized by headache and sometimes nausea and dizziness
a person or thing left over from or influenced by a past age
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Other Idioms and Phrases with hangover

hang over


Remain suspended or unsettled, as in They plan to let the vote hang over until the next session. This usage alludes to something suspended or floating in the air. [c. 1200]


Also, hang over one's head. Threaten or be imminent, as in I've got that test hanging over me, or A stiff fine is hanging over his head. [Mid-1500s] Also see hang by a thread.

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