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noun, plural mornings after.

a period, as in the morning, when the aftereffects of excessive self-indulgence during the previous evening are felt, especially the aftereffects of excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages.
a moment or period of realization in which the consequences of an earlier ill-advised action are recognized or brought home to one.

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Origin of morning after

First recorded in 1880–85
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