call of nature
Date: 1741 the need to urinate or defecate

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • call of nature — noun 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… …   Wiktionary

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

  • answer the call of nature — or[obey the call of nature] {v. phr.}, {slang} To go to the bathroom to relieve oneself by urinating or defecating. * /Ted was hiking in the mountains when suddenly he had to answer the call of nature but since there was no bathroom in the woods …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • answer the call of nature — or[obey the call of nature] {v. phr.}, {slang} To go to the bathroom to relieve oneself by urinating or defecating. * /Ted was hiking in the mountains when suddenly he had to answer the call of nature but since there was no bathroom in the woods …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • obey the call of nature — See: ANSWER THE CALL OF NATURE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • obey the call of nature — See: ANSWER THE CALL OF NATURE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • answer the call of nature — verb To satisfy the bodily urge to urinate or defecate. Che [Guevera] jumped from his seat and rushed from the room, pursued by the entire press corps. Down the hall he went, and into the mens room where, surrounded by reporters, he proceeded to… …   Wiktionary

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops — Call of Duty Black Ops Éditeur Activision Square Enix (Japon) Développeur Tr …   Wikipédia en Français

  • The Call of the Wild — L Appel de la forêt L Appel de la forêt ou L Appel sauvage Auteur Jack London Genre roman d aventure Version originale Titre original The Call of the Wild Éditeur original The Macmillan Co …   Wikipédia en Français

  • nature — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin natura, from natus, past participle of nasci to be born more at nation Date: 14th century 1. a. the inherent character or basic constitution of a person or thing ; essence b.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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