Posted by Ms. Laurie S. Dell, B.A. on February 13, 2005
In Reply to: Take a powder posted by Walter Brody on February 12, 2005
To "take a powder" is another 1920's slang term referring to leaving the scene or place. People would tell another person to "Take a powder", "make tracks", or to "blow" away. This is vernacular that was the youth slang of the time that basically told someone to leave.