see a man about a horse
A variant of see a man about a dog, from the implied context of seeing someone about a bet on a horse race.
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see a man about a horse (third-person singular simple present sees a man about a horse, present participle seeing a man about a horse, simple past saw a man about a horse, past participle seen a man about a horse)
- (idiomatic, euphemistic) Used in place of a real explanation when excusing oneself for a short period of time, particularly to use a toilet.
- (all senses): see a man, see a man about a dog
- (use the toilet): see a man about the plumbing, see also use the toilet, Thesaurus:urinate, and Thesaurus:defecate
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