see a man about a dog

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EtymologyEdit

Unknown. As a Prohibition-era reference to getting alcohol, influenced by the expression hair of the dog.

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see a man about a dog

  1. (idiomatic, dated) Used in place of a real explanation when excusing oneself for a short period of time, particularly (euphemistic) to use the toilet or (historical) drink alcohol.
    I'll be right back, but I've got to go to see a man about a dog.

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