powder one's nose




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


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, &c.
    I'll be right back. I just have to powder my nose.
    C'mon girls; let's go powder our noses.
    • 1996, Deirdre Purcell, Roses After Rain, p. 335:
      "...Where's the ladies' in this joint? I've to powder me nose."

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