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
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
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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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powder one’s nose

1. and powder one’s face tv. to depart to the bathroom. (Usually said by women, or jocularly by men.) She just went out to powder her face.
2. tv. to use cocaine. John is in the bedroom powdering his nose. What a habit!
See also: nose, powder
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People used the lavatories to relieve themselves, or for ladies to powder their noses.
They might make very occasional visits to the smallest room in the house to powder their noses or to water the flowers, but they never, as it were .
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WOMEN who go to "powder their noses" in a bar or restaurant are as likely to be taking drugs as putting on make-up, a new report revealed yesterday.
It has wonderful illustrations of pigs engaged in all types of fanciful after-bath antics, such as "Five clean pigs powder their noses. Six clean pigs smell sweet as roses." When the count reaches ten, the pigs are no longer clean, but when children turn the book over and upside down, the count starts again with "One dirty pig gets into the tub...."
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