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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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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 — 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 — 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 — The prompting of a visit to the bathroom, toilet, or lavatory …   Ballentine's law 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

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