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take a powder

To leave a place very quickly and often discreetly. Sometimes used as an imperative. Realizing they would blame him for the error, Jim took a powder while everyone's attention was diverted. I recommend you take a powder before things start getting dangerous.
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take a powder

Sl. to leave; to leave town. (Underworld.) Why don't you take a powder? Go on! Beat it! Willie took a powder and will lie low for a while.
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take a powder

Make a speedy departure, run away, as in I looked around and he was gone-he'd taken a powder. This slangy idiom may be derived from the British dialect sense of powder as "a sudden hurry," a usage dating from about 1600. It may also allude to the explosive quality of gunpowder.
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take a powder

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If you take a powder, you leave a place very quickly and usually secretly. I knew that even if they realized I'd taken a powder, they wouldn't go looking for me.
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take a powder

depart quickly, especially in order to avoid a difficult situation. North American informal
2002 New York Times Why don't you take a powder, jerk, or how'd you like a knuckle sandwich?
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take a ˈpowder

(American English, informal) leave suddenly; run away: She hung about all morning getting in my way, so in the end I told her to take a powder.
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take a powder

tv. to leave; to leave town. (Underworld.) Bruno took a powder and will lie low for a while.
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take a powder

To make a quick departure; run away.
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Take a powder!

Scram! This tough-guy phrase came from the days when a ladies' bathroom was euphemistically called the powder room, the place where women went, among other reasons, to apply makeup. As gangster movies would have us believe, a lady's escort who wanted to discuss a matter in privacy with another gent told her to “take a powder.” Similarly, a genteel way to say you were going to the ladies' room was “I'm going to powder my nose.”
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