reprendre du poil de la bête

Reprendre du poil de la bête is a French idiom that translates literally to “to retake some fur from the beast”. In a way, it’s relate to the English expression “hair of the dog”, but has a more positive meaning. Here are some rough translations of the expression:

  • to perk up again
  • to regain your strength
  • to bounce back
  • to be on the mend

Here’s an example sentence:

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  • Après deux mois dans l’hôpital, elle a repris du poil de la bête en quelques jours et tout le monde a éte étonné. After two months in the hospital, she regained her strength in a few days and everybody was surprised.

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