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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.
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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.
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(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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THIS week, a tiny toilet is transformed into a luxurious place to powder one's nose - so luxe, in fact, you'd be happy to spend a pound, rather than just a penny, to head on in.
This week, a tiny toilet is transformed into a luxurious place to powder one's nose – so luxe, in fact, you'd be happy to spend a pound, rather than just a penny, to head on in.
Along one side was a row of large circular benches and tables, designed by Liam Gillick, where one could read, talk, rest, powder one's nose, or take off one's shoes as the spirit moved.