a bowel movement
   Medical jargon:
    Most constipation is 'imagined'. A daily bowel movement can be a needless fetish. (Hailey, 1979)
   See also movement1.

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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  • bowel movement — noun a euphemism for defecation he had a bowel movement • Syn: ↑movement, ↑bm • Usage Domain: ↑euphemism • Hypernyms: ↑defecation, ↑laxation, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • bowel movement — noun a) The act of expelling faeces from the body. b) The faeces thus produced …   Wiktionary

  • movement — n. organized effort to attain a goal 1) to launch a movement 2) to support a movement 3) to oppose; suppress a movement 4) a civil rights; consumer; feminist, women s; labor; peace; political; radical; revolutionary; social movement 5) a movement …   Combinatory dictionary

  • movement — move|ment [ muvmənt ] noun *** ▸ 1 group with same goal ▸ 2 changing in position ▸ 3 change of place ▸ 4 change in behavior, etc. ▸ 5 someone s activities ▸ 6 in military operation ▸ 7 part of classical music ▸ 8 moving parts of clock ▸ 9 bowel… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • movement */*/*/ — UK [ˈmuːvmənt] / US [ˈmuvmənt] noun Word forms movement : singular movement plural movements 1) [countable] a group of people who share the same aim and work together to achieve it the peace movement There have been several movements for reform… …   English dictionary

  • bowel — bow|el [ˈbauəl] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: boel, from Medieval Latin botellus, from Latin botulus; BOTULISM] 1.) bowels [plural] the system of tubes inside your body where food is made into solid waste material and through which it …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bowel — noun 1 bowels (plural) the system of tubes inside your body where food is made into solid waste material and through which it passes out of your body; intestine: move/empty your bowels (=get rid of solid waste from your body) 2 (singular) one… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • bowel function — The way the intestines work in terms of how often there are bowel movements, the ability to control when to have a bowel movement, and whether the stools are hard and dry as in constipation or watery as in diarrhea …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • bowel — c.1300, from O.Fr. boele intestines, bowels, innards (12c., Mod.Fr. boyau), from M.L. botellus small intestine, originally sausage, dim. of botulus sausage, a word borrowed from Oscan Umbrian, from PIE *gwet /*geut intestine (Cf. L. guttur throat …   Etymology dictionary

  • Movement — may refer to: Contents 1 In society and the arts 2 In music 3 In timepieces 4 See also In society and the arts …   Wikipedia

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