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call of nature

informal The urge 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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call of nature

Euph. the need to go to the lavatory. Stop the car here! I have to answer the call of nature. There was no break in the agenda, not even for the call of nature.
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call of nature

Need to urinate or defecate, as in He left to answer the call of nature. This euphemism may be dying out. [Mid-1800s]
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call of nature

used euphemistically to refer to a need to urinate or defecate.
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a call of ˈnature

(humorous) a need to go to the toilet: He left the meeting to answer a call of nature.
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call of nature

verb
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call of nature

A need to urinate or defecate. Often used with answer: He left the room to answer the call of nature.
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Last night David, from St Paul's in Bristol, said: "I stopped to answer the call of nature and within minutes I was stuck in the mud.
It's clearly a clever ruse by Paula Radcliffe to ensure no one ever asks again whether Athens was her lowest moment - judging by how far she crouched down to answer the call of nature, she can now answer "no".
The villagers of Stigtomta in southern Sweden answered the call of nature wherever the fancy took them Sunday, staging a symbolic environmental protest action.
The son said his father went to the rear of the Nina Donque Store to respond to the call of nature when three unidentified persons shot him from behind with a .
The Paisley singer made a quick exit, obviously before he could answer the call of nature, and was then seen peeing against a wall outside.
ALESHA Dixon tumbled 10ft down Kilimanjaro - while answering the call of nature.
And they tell The insider that answering a call of nature at Neverland can be an interesting experience as all the toilets pipe out the story of Peter Pan on speakers
The Welsh midfielder has been disciplined to the tune of about pounds 60,000 after referee Graeme Poll reported him to the Football Association for entering the officials' dressing room without permission to answer a call of nature.
The Security Operations Unit officers pulled over to answer the call of nature - then pulled two conifer trees out of the ground.
They say a call of nature has to be relieved behind the nearest bush.
These commuters, including foreign tourists, are always in need of toilet facilities to answer the call of nature.
Great if you want to make a call, not so great if you need to make a call of nature.
DANCING queen Alesha Dixon had a 10ft tumble on Mount Kilimanjaro - while answering the call of nature.
We can imagine how this mythical train would have had to stop at every station so that passengers could exercise a call of nature, naturally after asking the driver to wait for them.
The TUC launched a campaign called "Gotta Go" aimed at improving facilities and making sure workers were not penalised for answering a call of nature.