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powder (one's) face

euphemism To go to the bathroom. The phrase is a polite expression used to excuse oneself when going to the bathroom. Typically used by women, alluding to the application of makeup. I'll join you at the table in a minute, I just need to powder my face first. A: "Where's Mom?" B: "She said she was just powdering her face."
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powder one’s face

verb
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Mary Poppins attempts to restore a sense of propriety by reaching for her compact to powder her face and it is filled with soot, so her face becomes more soiled.
Following the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto will be Three Dances from "Powder Her Face" by Ads, one of Haslip's fellow Brits and, at 43, the only contemporary composer on the program.
His fascinating programme on March 11 begins with a late Haydn sonata, continues through Thomas Ades' concert paraphrase on his own raunchy opera Powder her Face, and concludes with the Italian book of Liszt's Annees de Pelerinage.
The subject of Powder Her Face is the "Dirty Duchess" of Argyll, a female Don Juan in a fur coat whose sexual exploits were the stuff of gossip in the 1960s British press.
Allison, 38, who received rave reviews for her lead role as the duchess in Thomas Ades's Powder Her Face when it opened in New York last month, said: "What happened to the Duchess of Argyll shows how much we, as a nation, seem to love it when a public figure falls from grace.
The NYO also had the luxury of a top-drawer conductor: Paul Daniel clearly enjoying the buzz of working with some of the most enthusiastic musicians he's likely to have encountered as they launched into the Overture, Waltz and Finale from Powder her Face, from the 1995 opera by British composer Thomas Ads.
IN tonight's Prom, presented by Verity Sharp live from London's Royal Albert Hall, the Overture, Waltz and Finale from Thomas Ades' powerful chamber opera Powder Her Face precedes another tale of an oppressed woman in Bartok's darkly psychological opera, Duke Bluebeard's Castle.
And England's young classical dynamo Thomas Ades is tapped both for his composition Asyla and for conducting his own gaily titled opera, Powder Her Face.
In December, his first opera, the three-year-old Powder Her Face, appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and most of New York's musical establishment came out to hear it.
He's especially excited about presenting the work of English composer Thomas Ads, which comes in December with Three Dances From "Powder Her Face," depicting the political scandals that rocked Britain in the 1960s.
She has established herself as a member of the CBSO's extended family over the last couple of years, conducting BCMG in Thomas Ades's opera Powder Her Face when the composer was forced to cancel engagements on doctor's orders, and returning last September to conduct Colin Matthews at Artsfest.
Ades is a virtuoso in the deepest sense who can accomplish anything he wants." Even the new edition of Kobbe's Opera Book has given its stamp of approval by including a synopsis of Ades' relatively new and somewhat risque opera, Powder Her Face.
There's nothing to do in the sense of action, but on the other hand there's a very precise logic of emotions which makes the scenes very tight." The production features an Anglo-Italian production team, with design by Gideon Davey (who designed Almeida Opera's recent production of Thomas Ades's Powder Her Face), music direction by Jonathan Hinden, lighting by Giuseppi Di Iorio and movement by Loredana Parrella.
CBSO Centre, Birmingham 0121 236 5622: Powder Her Face. Spirited opera inspired by the scandalous life and divorce of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll (today 7.30pm).
The two performances of his opera Powder Her Face, in the acclaimed production from Almeida Opera, will now be conducted by Susanna Malki.