see a man about a horse
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The saying comes from the 1866 Dion Boucicault play, Flying Scud, in which a character knowingly breezes past a difficult situation saying, "Excuse me Mr. Quail, I can't stop; I've got to see a man about a dog."
- (slang, idiomatic, euphemistic) A message signaling one needs to use the toilet
- Wait for me here. I'll only be a couple of minutes. I've just got to see a man about a horse.
- (slang, idiomatic, euphemistic) A message signaling one needs to go missing for a short while, for any reason, without giving a real explanation.
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- Chapman, Robert L. Dictionary of American Slang. 1995.
- Matthews, Mitford M. A Dictionary of Americanisms. 1951.
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- Spears, Richard A. The Slang and Jargon of Drugs and Drink. 1986.