One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used euphemistically to refer to a need to urinate or defecate.
- ‘All the trains toilets were ‘out of order’ so it had an extended stop at each of the ten stops en-route to London for passengers to get off, answer the call of nature and get back on again.’
- ‘We hunters and campers also need a quality light, even if our purpose is only to keep from tripping on the tent ropes when answering a midnight call of nature.’
- ‘Visitors attending to a call of nature in one South Lakeland village this week are in for a treat as the community unveiled its lovingly restored public toilet.’
- ‘It's lucky the car was not towed away: that would have cost £200, as happened to a cab driver I met later, who had parked for two minutes to answer a call of nature.’
- ‘I did a quick escape at the end to answer a pressing call of nature.’
- ‘Probably many of us have experienced the great annoyance you feel when suddenly you have to answer an urgent call of nature while out on the street yet you are unable to find a decent washroom.’
- ‘Even if you managed to heat your house, you would still have to brave the elements to answer a call of nature in a freezing outside loo.’
- ‘Although yesterday's driveway incident didn't keep me awake last night it did cross my mind a couple of times when I got up to answer the call of nature.’
- ‘The Tour's unspoken code of conduct dictates that the race leader, when answering a call of nature, shall not be subjected to attacks or breakaways.’
- ‘This vehicle's driver stopped to attend to a call of nature, and I have simply borrowed his taxi for a short time.’
- ‘As he staggered up Victoria Road, Charles stopped to answer a call of nature.’
- ‘The pedigree seal point cat left the house as usual to answer a call of nature, but didn't return home.’
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