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Powder your nose

Posted by ESC on June 01, 2000

In Reply to: Powder your nose posted by Adam on June 01, 2000

: Where does this come from?

Ladies restrooms used to be called "powder rooms" and they had chairs and mirrors so a woman could check out her make-up. Face powder was commonly used rather than liquid make-up. Women didn't want to reveal the true nature of their visit to the restroom. So they would say, "I am going to powder my nose."