call of nature


call of nature
The bodily urge to urinate or defecate.

It appears from the evidence adduced that after the canvass had continued five or six consecutive hours, Mr. FORBES and Mr. DECKER, two inspectors went out (though not in company) as they say in "obedience to a call of nature," and were gone five or ten minutes, leaving the box containing the votes for member of Assembly sealed in the care of one inspector. . . .


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  • call of nature — ► call of nature euphemistic a need to urinate or defecate. Main Entry: ↑call …   English terms dictionary

  • call of nature — n. a need to defecate or urinate …   English World dictionary

  • call of nature — the need to expel body wastes * * * Informal. a need to urinate or defecate. [1850 55] * * * call of nature (euphemistic) A need to urinate or defecate • • • Main Entry: ↑call * * * I see nature II used euphemisticall …   Useful english dictionary

  • call of nature —    the need to urinate or defecate    The visit demanded by your bodily functions:     I was probably off the road, behind the bush, answering a call of nature. (Follett, 1978)     When nature calls, heh, heh, hen, he d said... and made his way… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • call of nature — the need to go to the toilet He is answering the call of nature and can t talk to you for a few minutes …   Idioms and examples

  • call of nature — Go to nature’s call …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • call of nature — Date: 1741 the need to urinate or defecate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • call of nature — Informal. a need to urinate or defecate. [1850 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • Call of nature — need to urinate or defecate …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • call of nature — Australian Slang need to urinate or defecate …   English dialects glossary


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