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answer the call

To die. A: "Did you hear that Joe answered the call?" B: "I know, it's so sad."
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answer the call

 
1. Euph. to die. Our dear brother answered the call and has gone to his eternal rest.
2. answer the call (of nature) Euph. to find and use the toilet. We stopped the car long enough for Jed to answer the call of nature. You had better answer the call of nature when you feel it coming.
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References in classic literature ?
The graves of young Americans who answered the call to service surround the globe.
I answered the call, and I talked to him like a man.
As she took up the little live baby of Alice Clayton she dropped the dead body of her own into the empty cradle; for the wail of the living had answered the call of universal motherhood within her wild breast which the dead could not still.
Low growls and angry snarls assailed our ears on every side as we hastened on and one by one the ferocious creatures answered the call of their mistress.
Immediately Numa of the pit pricked up his ears and, regarding the ape-man steadily for a moment, he answered the call of hunger and started briskly off toward the south, stopping occasionally to see if Tarzan was following.
Without even a thought for his own safety, or the possibility for escape which this rapid series of fortuitous circumstances had thrust upon him, Tarzan of the Apes answered the call of the woman in danger.
He was a lean tobacco-chewing New Englander, the one daring spirit in his family that had heard and answered the call of the West shouting through the Mount Desert back odd-lots.
He found them not among the careless, gross, and stupid intelligences that answered the call of vision to his narrow room.
The inbred nobility of the woman's nature answered the call which the man had unconsciously made on it.
Now two leading energy management firms, ConsumerPowerline and DemandDirect, have answered the call through joint implementation of their "Connecticut Power Reliability Campaign.
Naval Aviation personnel from fixed- and rotary wing squadrons answered the call to action, providing supplies and transporting injured civilians for medical treatment.
In 2003, the politicians in Los Angeles and throughout California might not have answered the call to leadership, but we witnessed leadership from another source entirely.
I am blessed to be part of an organization that is also filled with hard-working dedicated men and women who answered the call.
Armed Forces have answered the call of their country.
And, each time a new challenge presented itself--each time a call to duty sounded--the men and women of the Federal Bureau of Investigation answered the call.