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
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.