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call of nature

noun

, Informal.
  1. a need to urinate or defecate.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of call of nature1

First recorded in 1850–55

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Idioms and Phrases

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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