see a man about a dog


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see a man about a dog

To leave somewhere without explaining where one is going. The phrase is usually used as part of an obvious euphemism for going to the bathroom or going to get an alcoholic drink. And that's why quantum physics is a hoax. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go see a man about a dog.
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see a man about a dog

Fig. to leave for some unmentioned purpose. (Often refers to going to the rest room.) I don't know where Tom went. He said he had to see a man about a dog. When John said he was going to see a man about a dog, I thought he would be gone for only a minute.
See also: dog, man, see

see a man about a dog

Excuse oneself without giving the real reason for leaving, especially to go to the toilet or have an alcoholic drink. For example, Excuse me, I have to see a man about a dog. This euphemistic term dates from the Prohibition days of the 1920s, when buying liquor was illegal, and, after repeal, was transferred to other circumstances.
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see a man about a dog

tv. to leave a place for a mysterious reason, usually to go to the toilet. Fred went to see a man about a dog. I hope he remembers to put the seat down.
See also: dog, man, see