answer the call of nature

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answer the call of nature

informal To urinate or defecate. Jim is off answering the call of nature. Wait a minute, I have to go answer the call of nature.
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Having answered the call of nature, they drove off again (siren wailing, naturally).
The Reverend John Hawdon answered the call of nature during a short break in proceedings.
He answered the call of nature behind a wall - but slipped and fell 60ft.
The villagers of Stigtomta in southern Sweden answered the call of nature wherever the fancy took them Sunday, staging a symbolic environmental protest action.
RICKY Gervais almost answered the call of nature in a BBC office.