powder

2
[ pou-der ]
/ ˈpaʊ dər /

verb (used without object)

British Dialect. to rush.

noun

British Dialect. a sudden, frantic, or impulsive rush.

Idioms

    take a powder, Slang. to leave in a hurry; depart without taking leave, as to avoid something unpleasant: He took a powder and left his mother to worry about his gambling debts.Also take a runout powder.

Origin of powder

2
First recorded in 1625–35; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for take a powder

powder

/ (ˈpaʊdə) /

noun

a solid substance in the form of tiny loose particles
any of various preparations in this form, such as gunpowder, face powder, or soap powder
fresh loose snow, esp when considered as skiing terrain
take a powder US and Canadian slang to run away or disappear

verb

to turn into powder; pulverize
(tr) to cover or sprinkle with or as if with powder
Derived Formspowderer, nounpowdery, adjective

Word Origin for powder

C13: from Old French poldre, from Latin pulvis dust
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Medicine definitions for take a powder

powder

[ poudər ]

n.

A dry mass of pulverized or finely dispersed solid particles.
Any of various medicinal or cosmetic preparations in the form of powder.
A single dose of a powdered drug.
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Culture definitions for take a powder

take a powder


To make a quick departure: “When he saw the police coming, the thief decided to take a powder.”

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Idioms and Phrases with take a powder (1 of 2)

take a powder


Make a speedy departure, run away, as in I looked around and he was gone—he'd taken a powder. This slangy idiom may be derived from the British dialect sense of powder as “a sudden hurry,” a usage dating from about 1600. It may also allude to the explosive quality of gunpowder.

Idioms and Phrases with take a powder (2 of 2)

powder


see keep one's powder dry; sitting on a powder keg; take a powder.

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