call of nature


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call of nature

Euph. the need to go to the lavatory. Stop the car here! I have to answer the call of nature. There was no break in the agenda, not even for the call of nature.
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call of nature

Need to urinate or defecate, as in He left to answer the call of nature. This euphemism may be dying out. [Mid-1800s]
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call of nature

verb
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call of nature

A need to urinate or defecate. Often used with answer: He left the room to answer the call of nature.
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One of Shenkin's predecessors was once demoted to a fusilier after acting up while on parade in Cyprus by responding to a call of nature.
Ex-roofer Stephen Uttley proudly held the silverware aloft 23 years after he discovered it in a ditch while answering a call of nature.
Narrating the entire incident, Parvati's family members said when the couple reached the dense green belt area near sector 44 on the expressway, Shravan stopped the SUV on the pretext of attending to a call of nature.
The animal is seen waking up to his iPhone alarm clock, brushing his teeth, having breakfast and even answering a call of nature while reading a magazine.
The 41-year-old actor - who played the King of Sparta in sword and sandals epic 300 - was answering a call of nature at an airport when a fan shouted, "This is Sparta" from the next stall.
While reading through the astonishing story about the holy man who went without food, water and answering the call of nature for 70 years, I began to think that AS had come up with a great idea.
It was preparing for the call of nature but the owner failed to pick up the droppings.
With no toilet facilities, she had no choice but head out into the shallow water and answer the call of nature.
THE call of nature finally snared a Liverpool drug dealer who had attempted to throw police off his scent.
With conversation topics ranging from affairs of the heart to fashion and the hassle of queuing, it's all covered when women answer the call of nature.
A PONY called Barney gave the Duchess of Cornwall something to smile about yesterday when he decided meeting her was the perfect time to answer the call of nature.
But it seems that for the 2009 London Summit of the G20 there will be no comprehensive memento of all those attending, not because of any bust-ups but - apparently - due to a simple call of nature.
While answering a call of nature at Northern Print, they can feast their eyes on nature itself - bluebottles, dragonflies, swallows and brambles on the tiles
While attending to a call of nature at Northern Print, you can feast your eyes on nature.
A WOMAN who failed to speed up a call of nature was yesterday handed a 12-month driving ban.