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English definition of “see a man about a dog”

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see a man about a dog

informal
You might say you have to see a man about a dog when you do not want to say what you are really doing, especially when going to the toilet: I've just got to see a man about a dog. I'll be back in a minute.
Translations of “see a man about a dog”
in Chinese (Traditional) 出去一下(尤指上廁所的隱諱說法)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 出去一下(尤指上厕所的隐讳说法)…
(Definition of see a man about a dog from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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