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call of nature

noun, Informal.
1.
a need to urinate or defecate.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55
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Examples for call of nature
  • He dropped his trousers, sat down and began answering the call of nature.
Slang definitions & phrases for call of nature

call of nature

noun phrase

The need to use the toilet, esp when urgent: Where'd he go so quickly? To answer the call of nature, naturally (1761+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with call of nature
Need to urinate or defecate, as in He left to answer the call of nature. This euphemism may be dying out. [ Mid-1800s ]
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