answer the call
   1. to die
   Usually of those killed in war, called to arms and then, it might be hoped, to life eternal.
   2. to urinate
   In this case, answering a call of nature:
    ... was answering an urgent call behind bushes when they stopped close by. (Cookson, 1967)

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  • answer\ the\ call\ of\ nature — • answer the call of nature • obey the call of nature v. phr. slang To go to the bathroom to relieve oneself by urinating or defecating. Ted was hiking in the mountains when suddenly he had to answer the call of nature but since there was no… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • answer the call of nature — or[obey the call of nature] {v. phr.}, {slang} To go to the bathroom to relieve oneself by urinating or defecating. * /Ted was hiking in the mountains when suddenly he had to answer the call of nature but since there was no bathroom in the woods …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • answer the call of nature — or[obey the call of nature] {v. phr.}, {slang} To go to the bathroom to relieve oneself by urinating or defecating. * /Ted was hiking in the mountains when suddenly he had to answer the call of nature but since there was no bathroom in the woods …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • answer the call of nature —    When a person answers the call of nature, they go to the toilet.     I had to get up in the middle of the night to answer the call of nature …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • answer the call of nature — verb To satisfy the bodily urge to urinate or defecate. Che [Guevera] jumped from his seat and rushed from the room, pursued by the entire press corps. Down the hall he went, and into the mens room where, surrounded by reporters, he proceeded to… …   Wiktionary

  • answer the call of nature — humorous to urinate (= pass liquid from the body). I had to go into the woods to answer the call of nature …   New idioms dictionary

  • the call of duty — the feeling that you have to work, duty calls    When the group needs a secretary I answer the call of duty …   English idioms

  • the call of nature — humorous : the need to use a toilet He had to leave suddenly to answer/obey the call of nature. • • • Main Entry: ↑call of nature …   Useful english dictionary

  • The Call of South Africa — Die Stem van Suid Afrika Die Stem Van Suid Afrika (af) L Appel de l Afrique du Sud …   Wikipédia en Français

  • obey\ the\ call\ of\ nature — • answer the call of nature • obey the call of nature v. phr. slang To go to the bathroom to relieve oneself by urinating or defecating. Ted was hiking in the mountains when suddenly he had to answer the call of nature but since there was no… …   Словарь американских идиом

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