powder (one's) nose

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powder (one's) nose

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. I'll join you at the table in a minute, I just need to powder my nose.
See also: nose, powder

powder one's nose

 and powder one's face
to depart to the bathroom. (Usually said by women, or jocularly by men.) Excuse me, I have to powder my nose. She just went out to powder her face.
See also: nose, powder

powder your nose

(of a woman) go to the lavatory.
This is an early 20th-century euphemism, which is now rather dated. The term powder room has been used since the 1940s to refer to a ladies' toilet in a hotel, restaurant, or similar public building.
1972 L. P. Davies What Did I Do Tomorrow? I'll use your bathroom. To powder my nose, as nice girls say.
See also: nose, powder

(go to) powder your ˈnose

(old-fashioned or humorous) a polite way of referring to the fact that a woman is going to the toilet: I’m just going to powder my nose and I’ll be with you in a minute.
See also: nose, powder
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She continued: "I told him to order the drinks while I popped to powder my nose.
Driving to the Midlands the other day I found myself with some spare time, so I stopped off at the service station to powder my nose.
DRIVING to the Midlands the other day I found myself with some spare time, so I stopped off at a service station to powder my nose among other things.
Makeup artists and sound technicians who powder my nose and wire me with microphones for TV interviews say, "We saw you on (this or that show).
I went upstairs to powder my nose and replenish my lippo and on the way back I slipped and hurtled down the last two stairs, landing in a painful, crumpled heap at the bottom.
At this point, I was ready to make a quick cowardly dash to the ladies to powder my nose, when I remembered that I don't actually own such a thing as a face powder, so I stood my ground.