A remedy that won't fail, as in Hard work is a sure cure for brooding. Originating in the late 1800s as an advertising slogan (Dr. Keck's Sure Cure for Catarrh; first recorded in 1881), this rhyming phrase was soon extended to other matters.
Where Did The Strange Expression “Hair Of The Dog” Come From?If you woke up on New Year’s Day feeling as if you had been hit by a truck, you may have sought a hangover remedy with an infamously odd name: the hair of the dog. A morning drink may be the last thing you want after a night of boozing. But that’s exactly what this quirky English expression means. Originally, the expression referred to a method of treating a …
- sure as shooting,
- sure enough,
- sure of oneself,
- sure thing,
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