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take a powder

Definition of take a powder

US informal + old-fashioned

  1. :  to leave suddenly and quickly <The boys decided to take a powder as soon as they saw there was work to be done.>



Word by Word Definitions

takeplay
  1. : :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (as fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : :  something that is taken:

    :  the amount of money received :  proceeds, receipts, income

    :  share, cut

powderplay
  1. :  to sprinkle or cover with or as if with powder

    :  to reduce or convert to powder

    :  to hit very hard

  1. :  matter in a finely divided state :  particulate matter

    :  a preparation in the form of fine particles especially for medicinal or cosmetic use

    :  fine dry light snow


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