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
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powder one’s face

verb
See also: face, powder
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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This was a young lady with a powdered face, a yellow cotton gown, and much leisure, who used often to come to see him.
Her tears had made marks on her powdered face, and her hair was somewhat disarranged.
She was a fat woman in an apricot-coloured gown, with a heavily powdered face, against which her black long-lashed eyes showed like currants in dough.
I don't care that with her stiff hair and powdered face she looked like a dusted meringue, but I do care that she brought Scotland to its knees.
Your powdered face flashes when I cross Nonesuch River.
Burlesque is clumsy, garish and permanently in danger of falling flat on its powdered face, stitching together a tangle of musical cliches from Chicago, Coyote Ugly, Dreamgirls, Glitter and Showgirls.
Burlesque is clumsy, garish and permanently in danger of falling flat on its powdered face, yet it has the makings of a cult classic.
Decked in a black T-shirt and skin hugging jeans, tossing her raven locks from her immaculately powdered face, no one would be able to guess that this young girl comes from a lower middle-class background and was teaching at a government school just a year ago.
Very pink lipstick is back in, the new cream blushers produce a dewy effect which is much more modern than a powdered face, and grey eye-liners produce a more subtle, smoky effect than hard black khol.
EVEN with Cher and Christina Aguilera, Burlesque is clumsy, garish and permanently in danger of falling flat on its powdered face.
Clumsy, garish and permanently in danger of falling flat on its powdered face, Steve Antin's rags-to-riches fairytale cannot muster a single sequin of originality.
THE woman with a powdered face, a flower arranger's hair and a smile that you would reserve for visiting the sick, was explaining to a listless pal on the next seat that the problem in the shop had been caused by yet another blunder at head office.
It was quite a change for the former Home Office minister whose old jet black pudding bowl haircut and white powdered face earned her the nickname Doris Karloff.
A moist face should use a cream blush and a powdered face should use powder blush.