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  • verb UK, euphemistic, idiomatic To use the toilet.

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  • verb eliminate urine


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from the act of putting a (pre-decimal) penny in the slot of a pay-toilet


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  • To use a public lavatory.

    This refers to the (former) use of coin operated locks on public toilets. It was used mostly in the UK and mostly by women (men's urinals were free of charge).

    Such locks were first introduced, at a public toilet outside the Royal Exchange, London, in the 1850s. The term itself is later though. The first recorded citation of it is in H. Lewis's Strange Story, 1945:

    "'Us girls,' she said, 'are going to spend a penny!'"

    'Spend a penny' has now gone out of use, partly because charges have changed and partly because it was always a coy euphemism, which now seems rather dated. The writing was on the wall for this phrase, so to speak, from 1977, when the Daily Telegraph printed an article headed "2p to spend a penny".

    male equivalent: 'see a man about a dog'

    February 8, 2009

  • What's the going rate these days? 30p for a pee?

    I'm devastated that the first one wasn't at Waterloo.

    February 8, 2009

  • "Waterloo!" *snort*

    February 9, 2009

  • I imagine nowadays that charges are reckoned in uros.


    February 11, 2009

  • *groan*

    February 11, 2009