powder one's nose

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Etymology[edit]

From the lavatory's use as a place to apply makeup.

Verb[edit]

powder one's nose

  1. (euphemistic, typically of women) To visit a lavatory to use a toilet, reapply makeup, (when used of a group of women) engage in private conversation, etc.
    I'll be right back. I just have to powder my nose.
    C'mon girls; let's go powder our noses.

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