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call of nature

noun, Informal.
a need to urinate or defecate.
Origin of call of nature
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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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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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