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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It also raises technical legal issues because before you assume office you swear an oath, the moment you take a letter and sign it that you have resigned, essentially it means you have relieved yourself of that oath.
This element can only be achieved when you have relieved yourself of anxiety.
You continued to do so and got yourself horribly drunk, so drunk that at some point on that night you actually relieved yourself in the sitting room, under the fish tank.
FORGET the Sydney Opera House and Ayers Rock - you haven't seen Australia until you've relieved yourself at the Big Prawn or slept in the stomach of the Big Crocodile.