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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.
Summary: Sharjah-based foundation has answered the call for emergency aid offering $227,000 in support
in the Iron Man movies and now plays Vision, also answered the call - identifying himself as "the purple one."
The phone began to ring and the officers answered the call in order to return it to the rightful owner.
Indian-born Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found hanging in December 2012, three days after she answered the call from Mel Greig and Michael Christian in which they had pretended to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles.
And should we have terribly failed their mothers--consenting to, if not actively encouraging them to abort--we can only contritely ask for forgiveness for having not answered the call.