Definition of Take a powder

1. Verb. Disappear without notifying anyone (idiom).

Exact synonyms: Skip Town
Generic synonyms: Disappear, Go Away, Vanish

Definition of Take a powder

1. Verb. (idiomatic US colloquial) To leave in a hurry; run away; scram; depart without taking leave or notifying anyone, often with a connotation of avoiding something unpleasant or shirking responsibility. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Take A Powder

take a joke
take a knee
take a knife to a gunfight
take a leaf out of someone's book
take a leak
take a licking
take a licking and keep on ticking
take a load off
take a long walk on a short pier
take a look
take a number
take a pew
take a picture
take a picture, it will last longer
take a pill
take a powder (current term)
take a risk
take a seat
take a shine to
take a shot in the dark
take a spill
take a spin
take a stab at
take a stand
take a tumble
take a turn for the better
take a turn for the worse
take a whizz
take a wicket

Literary usage of Take a powder

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1. How to Do Science Experiments with Children by Joan Bentley (2003)
"Label the top of the graph "Take a Powder." 2. Have each group cover its work area with newspaper. Distribute an investigation sheet and a powder jar icon ..."

2. Health at home, ; or, Hall's family doctor by William Whitty Hall (1876)
"Wet the skin on front of the chest with strong vinegar, and then rub on thoroughly the ointment to produce pustular eruption. BILIOUSNESS.—take a powder of ..."

3. The London Medical Gazette (1829)
"Draught has operated well. Three dozen of leeches to the abdomen, and afterwards a waim hath. To take a powder containing four grams of calomel and four of ..."

4. The British Journal of Homoeopathy edited by John James Drysdale, Robert Ellis Dudgeon, Richard Hughes, John Rutherfurd Russell (1854)
"... the headache gradually wore away during the afternoon, and I feel tolerably well this evening; shall take a powder on going to bed, almost immediately. ..."

5. Labor among primitive peoples: Showing the Development of the Obstetric by George Julius Engelmann (1884)
"... she is, moreover, obliged to abstain from food : during the first three days she must take a powder composed of stimulating spices, ..."

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