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

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
References in periodicals archive ?
LADIES, when you slope off to the work loos to put your face on ahead of the office Christmas party, check out whether your male colleagues are sneaking off to powder their noses too.
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 .
Or were they just going to powder their noses? With Charlie?
I also recall the days when women used to powder their noses, or at worst 'pop to the lavatory'.
In "Natural Novel" the world is naturally perceived by both "higher" and "lower" senses; its characters do not go "to powder their noses" or "to wash their hands" -- they go to the lavatory.
WOMEN who go to "powder their noses" in a restaurant or club are as likely to be taking drugs as gossiping or putting on make-up, a new report warns.
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...."
Thank goodness that this summer visitors will be able to "powder their noses" in comfortable, hygienic surroundings.
Pooches who need to powder their noses during walkies in Hartlepool can now pay a visit to "dog stops".
Just to add to the cosy atmosphere, ladies don't have to interrupt crisis talks to powder their noses, they can use the two- pan cubicles - very weird.
All drinking Krug and going off to powder their noses on a shared lavatory seat!
That is, they should be discussed over a cigar in the s aloon after the women have made a conspicuous exit to powder their noses.
And the Pope is Catholic and bears powder their noses in the woods, too.