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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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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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 result is "inhibited flight"--the feeling of being stuck onstage with physiological symptoms, including shaking, cold hands, sweating palms, heart palpitations, difficulty in swallowing, shortness of breath, and the need to relieve oneself.
Moderate is being able to relieve oneself only in a stall and when the bathroom is empty.