answer the call of nature

answer the call of nature

informal To urinate or defecate. Jim is off answering the call of nature. Wait a minute, I have to go answer the call of nature.
See also: answer, call, nature, of
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It turns out the captain, who left the field for around five minutes, had to answer the call of nature.
The agency also reminded them to bring necessary equipment, prepare for when they need to answer the call of nature, and take away their trash.
The end doesn't justify the means but I needed to answer the call of nature because I had been stuck in traffic for three hours.
These days, those wanting to answer the call of nature are far more likely to find one in a shop than tucked away on a street corner.
At the time of the crime, officers stated Mr Murrain was pounced on after stepping out of the vehicle to answer the call of nature.
One of the biggest agonies of solitary is when a prisoner has to answer the call of nature.
If they wanted to answer the call of nature, ladies had to get in their cars and go home.
He claimed he woke up around midnight to answer the call of nature.
30pm on the first two days without deserting his post to answer the call of nature.
However, despite the toilet blocker being a woman, Mayweather used his superior strength, pushed her arm, called her b***h and wh**e and went inside anyway to answer the call of nature, according to the New York Daily News.
Women and girls are particularly affected by poor urban sanitation: after dark, they are unable to answer the call of nature outside their homes for safety reasons.
Earlier, two cousins, aged 14 and 15, who were from a low-caste Dalit community, went missing from their village home in Uttar Pradesh's Badaun District when they went out into the fields to answer the call of nature on May 27.
Amnesty International said that lack of toilets across India forced women to answer the call of nature outside, making them more vulnerable to rape and violence.
Peebol is being touted as a sanitary option for crane operators who need to answer the call of nature.
Take Frank, the elderly ex-circus strong man, for example - strong as ox since he was knee-high to a clown's turn-ups, until the night he got out of bed to answer the call of nature, hit the deck and couldn't get up again.