powder one's nose

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Euphemistically identifies the purpose of a lavatory as a place to apply make-up.

Verb[edit]

to powder one's nose

  1. (euphemistic) To use the toilet (nearly always refers to a woman).
    I'll be right back; I just have to powder my nose.
  2. (of a woman or group of women) To temporarily leave the company of others, often to a restroom, for a brief respite from a crowd, to engage in private conversation, reapply make-up, etc.
    C'mon girls; let's go powder our noses.

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