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hair of the dog English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Aug 04 2011

Themes: Party


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“This is the trick I told you about last night. Hair of the dog. Let’s just call it that.”

- Jeff after a night of drinking with Jason.

“这就是我昨晚告诉你的技巧 —— 解醉酒。我们可以这样称呼它。”

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1. Definition - Study the definition.

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what made you sick will make you better

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Language is full of interesting bits of history. Sometime in the past, it was thought that if you got sick from a dog bite, you could be cured by hair of the dog that bit you. No one knew it at the time, but a great drinking idiom was born.

After a night of extreme alcohol consumption, you will not feel well. You may have a hangover. A little more alcohol can sometimes help you feel better. So what made you sick also cures you, just like the story of the hair of the dog.

There is no dog involved in this hangover cure. Of course, Jason doesn’t know that when Jeff tells him some hair of the dog will make him feel better. He finds a dog, and just when he is about to eat some hair, Ella saves him by explaining that hair of the dog just means more alcohol in the morning.

Do you have a favorite hangover cure? Or does hair of the dog work for you?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“It looks like you drank too much last night, why don’t you try some hair of the dog.”

“I don’t get hangovers. I just need to save some alcohol for the morning. A little hair of the dog tomorrow and I’ll be just fine.”

“The best hangover cure I know is some hair of the dog that bit you. A little more alcohol the next day will make you feel better!”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

dearpesar alcohol drinking so lower the anxious & pain
by dearpesar
Talia Do An alcoholic beverage consumed as a hangover rememdy.
by Talia Do
Bojana an alcoholic drink that cures a hangover
by Bojana
alcoholic drink taken as antidote for a hangover
by Bitten by an Arab bug
it means alcoholic beverage consumed to ease a hangover , the person not to get quickly drunk
by Criz search
 julito My guess is to drink more alcohol to lessen the effect of a hangover.
by julito

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You will never have this kind of problem with orange juice or other kinds of natural drinks.
(Proverbs 23:31- 35)Look not thou upon the wine, how red it is, and what a color it giveth in the glass. It goeth down softly, but at the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth as an adder. So shall thine eyes look unto strange women, and thine heart shall muse upon froward things. Yea thou shalt be as though thou slept in the middest of the sea, or on the top of the mast. They wounded me (shalt thou say) but it hath not hurt me, they smote me, but I felt it not. When I am well awakened, I will go to the drink again.

12:47 PM Aug 04 2011 |

Omar alsaqqaf


about me if I get sick because of the ice cream I immediately go to buy another …and it really works O_O

12:31 PM Aug 04 2011 |



United States

I don’t like to drink alcohol but it is a good tip to know! I like the frase!! Hair of the dog!! Tongue out which means that acts as analgesic, because alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. althought you get a hangover last night you can get a little bit of alcohol to feel better the next day!

12:17 PM Aug 04 2011 |

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probably the hair of dog not only can cure me but also can cure my friends after a binge dringking at Pub club, I guess it would working by this way… hopefully, I can hang over with my friends together

11:56 AM Aug 04 2011 |




this is a funny topic hhhhh

11:09 AM Aug 04 2011 |



I have no experience drunk too much of alcohol, but I heard that hair of the dog works for hangover…

10:15 AM Aug 04 2011 |



LOL. Good video for explaining “Hair of the dog”. Laughing

08:07 AM Aug 04 2011 |




actully i don’t ever drink alcohol thats vy i counld not say enithing about it.

07:48 AM Aug 04 2011 |

Win Myint Aung


Igot a knowledge that how we drink alcohol and how we use it.

07:39 AM Aug 04 2011 |



I don’t ever drink alcohol :)

06:48 AM Aug 04 2011 |




no drinking—no hangover That’s the best cure!

06:44 AM Aug 04 2011 |




In my opinion ,proper alcohol drinking is good for our health

05:06 AM Aug 04 2011 |




I seldom drink alcohol and I never hangover, really

01:20 AM Aug 04 2011 |

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