spend a penny

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the act of putting a (pre-decimal) penny in the slot of a pay-toilet cubicle.

Verb[edit]

spend a penny (third-person singular simple present spends a penny, present participle spending a penny, simple past and past participle spent a penny)

  1. (Britain, euphemistic, idiomatic) To use the toilet.