Posted by James Briggs on August 01, 2000
In Reply to: Man about a horse. posted by Zachary T. Lehman on July 31, 2000
: I frequently hear the phrase, "I have to go a man about a horse" in what seems to be reference to using the bathroom... If someone could shed some light on this abstract phrase, I'd appreciate it.
: Zachary T. Lehman
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In England the phrase is "to see a man about a dog".
The "dog" expression comes from the long forgotten 1866 play Flying Scud in which one of the characters uses the words as an excuse to get away from a tricky situation. This is the only thing that seems to have survived from the play.
The "horse" seems to be a variation on the theme.