One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used euphemistically to refer to a need to urinate.‘you can't get to sleep when you want to spend a penny’
- ‘Women are demanding much more for their money from city centre toilets as the cost of spending a penny in York doubled.’
- ‘For years drinkers at The Sally Pussey Inn in Swindon Road have been spending a penny in the avocado-coloured urinals blissfully unaware that they may be worth quite a few pounds.’
- ‘‘I must just go and spend a penny,’ are his first words.’
- ‘Users will be asked to pay a pound if they want to spend a penny.’
- ‘Spare a thought for the workers who count the seconds as they dash to spend a penny.’
- ‘At the Lindale Post Office and General Store, villagers have been spending pounds on the National Lottery to ensure people can go on spending a penny in the public toilet.’
- ‘For years visitors have complained about the lack of a suitable place to spend a penny in the tourist resort.’
- ‘Supt Lacy said those caught spending a penny in public could be hit with maximum fines of £500.’
- ‘However, if one wanted to spend a penny in the toilets in the grounds of the local Catholic Church they can be assured of them being clean.’
- ‘Bus drivers and travellers needing to spend a penny will have to cross their legs after the loos next to Chippenham's bus station were shut down this week.’
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