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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Take a Hair of the Dog that Bit You.
 
After a debauch, take a little wine the next day. Take a cool draught of ale in the morning, after a night’s excess. The advice was given literally in ancient times, “If a dog bites you, put a hair of the dog into the wound,” on the homœopathic principle of “Similia similibus curantur” (like cures like).   1
 


 Take a Back Seat (To).Take in Tow (To). 

 
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