take a powder

idiomatic phrase

US, informal + somewhat old-fashioned
: to leave hurriedly
It is the players and incoming recruits who are most affected when a coach abruptly takes a powder.Jack McCallum
The beavers put up with this, Fair explains, until the surrounding population reached 250 families, and then the beavers took a powder.Gregory Jaynes
This is the worst extinction phase the planet has experienced since dinosaurs took a powder about 65 million years ago.The Lompoc (California) Record

Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of take a powder was in 1911

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“Take a powder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20a%20powder. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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