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morning after, the

The unpleasant results of an earlier activity, especially overindulgence in alcohol. For example, A headache is just one of the symptoms of the morning after. This expression originated in the late 1800s as a synonym for a hangover (and was often put as the morning after the night before). By the mid-1900s, however, it was also being used more loosely for the aftereffects of staying up late.


The Day After Halloween Is Actually Called HallowmasHalloween is actually just the beginning of a string of otherworldly holidays. The tricks, treats, and customs of Halloween, now mostly secular, are based in part on an ancient Christian festival that spans November 1st and 2nd. 

Nearby words

mormyrid, morn, mornay, morning, morning after, morning after, the, morning coat, morning dress, morning glory, morning glory family, morning gun
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