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
References in classic literature ?
He tried the effect of ear-rings, ribbons, and collars; wound up the watch, though it was n't time; burnt his inquisitive nose with smelling-salts; deluged his grimy handkerchief with Fan's best cologne; anointed his curly crop with her hair-oil; powdered his face with her violet-powder; and finished off by pinning on a bunch of false ringlets, which Fanny tried, to keep a profound secret.
then my teenage makeup girl blushed and giggled uncontrollably as she powdered his face. Sigh of relief!
But even they were taken by surprise last week when a Pakistani man dyed his hair blonde and powdered his face in an attempt to pass off as his Bulgarian friend whose ID card he had stolen.
HOW a policeman powdered his face, painted his lips and wore horn-rimmed spectacles as a disguise to enable him to watch the supposed strange