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Re: Defecate

Posted by Bruce Kahl on December 13, 2002

In Reply to: Defecate posted by Peter Brown on December 13, 2002

: Is the phrase "take one's ease" a euphemism for defecate?

I have never heard it used like that here in the NE part of the USA.

V. WORDS RELATING TO THE VOLUNTARY POWERS; INDIVIDUAL VOLITION
III. VOLUNTARY ACTION
1. Simple voluntary action
Leisure.

[Antonyms: haste.]

[Nouns] leisure; convenience; spare time, spare hours, spare moments; vacant hour; time, time to spare, time on one's hands; holiday (rest) [more]; otium cum dignitate [Cicero], ease.

[Verbs] have leisure; take one's time, take one's leisure, take one's ease; repose [more]; move slowly [more]; while away the time (inaction) [more]; be master of one's time, be an idle man.

[Adjectives] leisure, leisureIy; slow [more]; deliberate, quiet, calm, undisturbed; at leisure, at one's ease, at a loose end.

[Phrases] time hanging heavy on one's hands; eile mit Weile.

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