powder (one's) face

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powder (one's) face

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, alluding to the application of makeup. I'll join you at the table in a minute, I just need to powder my face first. A: "Where's Mom?" B: "She said she was just powdering her face."
See also: face, powder

powder one’s face

verb
See also: face, powder
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"Ladies needed small discrete portal powder containers so that they could powder their faces whilst away from home.
'As I powder their faces, I get to whisper into the ears of some of Pakistan's most powerful men.
Mayhew also noted that female prison inmates in London ornamented themselves ingeniously, for instance, scraping whitewash off cell walls to powder their faces. Mayhew and Binny, Criminal Prisons, 185.