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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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"In reliance upon that promise," said Don Antonio, "I will astonish you with what you shall see and hear, and relieve myself of some of the vexation it gives me to have no one to whom I can confide my secrets, for they are not of a sort to be entrusted to everybody."
My dearest friend, I was never so enraged before, and must relieve myself by writing to you, who I know will enter into all my feelings.
I had many times and again struggled to relieve myself of the trouble on my mind, but I couldn't get it off.
Had I gone on here I had perhaps been a true penitent; but I had an evil counsellor within, and he was continually prompting me to relieve myself by the worst means; so one evening he tempted me again, by the same wicked impulse that had said
I think it's about time for me to relieve myself from the group and start doing things on my own.'
Outside I had to relieve myself right beside the kitchen door, the shock I suppose, and couldn't help but vomit all over the nicely laid patio, then suddenly I cursed again.
taking care to relieve myself first thing, as is always advisable before
My decision was to go to the creek to relieve myself. I slipped down the field edge and into the creek to "git er dun".
I tried to relieve myself by throwing up, but couldn't.
I relieve myself, grab some food and wrestle the dry suit back over my layers of clothes.
'I cannot relieve myself from charge without the orders of the concerned quarters,' he said.
Sick with worry, I felt an urgent need to relieve myself and hurried to the toilet.BABAS FINAL MOMENTSWhen I entered the living room, I found Baba writhing in pain as he lay on the sofa.
Climbing out of my sleeping bag and down from the truck bed, I walked into the woods to relieve myself. As I stood there, I looked up to the treeline far above.
My choosing to spend time relaxed in a space without budging for sometimes an entire hour is a far cry from being physically confined to that chair, unable to leave it to stretch, eat, drink, relieve myself, or just plain do something else.