relieve (oneself)

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relieve (oneself)

euphemism To urinate or (less commonly) defecate. Tom decided to get rid of the dog after it relieved itself on his $500 rug. We'll be pulling into a rest stop soon, if anyone needs to relieve themselves.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

relieve oneself

Euph. to urinate or defecate. He stopped by the side of the road to relieve himself. She needed badly to relieve herself, but there was no bathroom in sight.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

relieve oneself

Urinate or defecate, as in The puppy relieved itself in the middle of the floor. The use of relieve for these bodily functions dates from the mid-1800s.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

relieve (oneself)

To urinate or defecate.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Therefore, a safely used and reasonably priced antihistamine that could be used for releiving urticaria would be of significant benefit to increase owner compliance.
The win will go some way to releiving the pressure on boss Billy Davies but with only four points from a possible 21 the Lanarkshire side are already facing an uphill struggle this season.
Earlier that month she had written, "I am heartily sorry to have the pleasure of hearing from you lessen'd by your Complaints of uneasyness, which I wish with all my soul I was capable of releiving [sic] either by my Letters or any other way" (2: 29-30).