spend a penny


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spend a penny

To go to the toilet. Primarily heard in UK. A: "Where's Janet?" B: "She's gone to spend a penny."
See also: penny, spend

spend a penny

urinate. British informal
At one time coin-operated locks were commonly found on the doors of public lavatories. The phrase is now rather dated.
See also: penny, spend

spend a ˈpenny

(old-fashioned, British English, informal) go to the toilet; urinate: Do you want to spend a penny before we leave?In the past, public toilets in England had coin operated locks, which cost one penny to open.
See also: penny, spend
References in classic literature ?
We will five like kings and won't have to spend a penny to see the fair and horse races," they declared boastfully.