pelt of the dog

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Alteration of hair of the dog, substituting hair with pelt, thus implying far greater quantity.


pelt of the dog

  1. (rare, humorous, idiomatic) An immoderate, excessive quantity of alcohol drunk the morning after whilst suffering withdrawal symptoms or a hangover, which goes beyond alleviating the complaint to causing drunkenness; compare hair of the dog.
    • 1949: Philip Wylie, Opus 21: Descriptive Music for the Lower Kinsey Epoch of the Atomic Age: A Concerto for a One-Man Band, Six Arias for Soap Operas, Fugues, Anthems & Barrelhouse, page 325 (Rinehart)
      There were people — maybe two dozen — in the Knight’s Bar, for lunch, resuscitation, or the pelt of the dog that bit them. Not Yvonne, though. A bit early.