powder one's nose

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of powder one's nose

somewhat old-fashioned
used by women as a polite way of excusing themselves from a table, conversation, etc., to go to the bathroom
  • Excuse me. I'm just going to go powder my nose. I'll be right back.

Word by Word Definitions

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

  2. : to reduce or convert to powder

  3. : to hit very hard

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

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

  3. : fine dry light snow

nose play
  1. : the part of the face that bears the nostrils and covers the anterior part of the nasal cavity

  2. : the anterior part of the head at the top or end of the muzzle : snout, proboscis

  3. : the sense of smell : olfaction

  1. : to detect by or as if by smell : scent

  2. : to push or move with the nose

  3. : to move (something, such as a vehicle) ahead slowly or cautiously


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