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I always heard it as " I've got to see a man about a dog". Not many horses around where I lived I suppose. And as for titbits There was a magazine in England called Titbits, a sort of gossip magazine I think.

Loved reading this I, too, have heard it as "I have to see a man about a horse. Warmest smiles to you as the weekend approaches. I've heard it said about a horse and about a dog. My mother used the expression fairly often. Not much was any of my business.

I only knew Sue's explanation: excuse oneself to go the bathroom. But only men! Mind you, I've heard many expressions to that purpose over the years thanks to working in a male-oriented environment. All equally weird and wonderful. That's a new one for me.

I've heard "I've got to see a man about a horse", too. It could have meant anything, but where I'm from it mostly meant you wanted to leave where you were or you had to go to the bathroom. The men in my family always used the "horse" or the "dog. Being the only lady in a house full of "not-so-gentlemanly" men must have been a trial for her. But, on the other hand, she pretty much ruled the roost, so to speak.

Post a Comment. Did you forget we were speaking of old idioms?! I am truly saddened. Both of us had English-born grandfathers, and both of us lived with them for a time. Both grandfathers used the phrase. In my grandfather's context, at least the way that I perceived it, the saying meant: "I have something to attend to, and it's none of your business. So, who got it right? It turns out that we both did, for the Urban Dictionary lists both definitions.

Of course, I humbly note that my version is listed first. This thrills me to me end as I am not used to coming in first. Thankfully however, I am mollified to know that "the last shall be first" on that somewhat postponed meeting in the sky. These are direct quotes from the answers provided. Some of these answers referred to other internet sources. The earliest confirmed publication is the Dion Boucicault play Flying Scud in which a character knowingly breezes past a difficult situation saying, "Excuse me Mr.

Quail, I can't stop; I've got to see a man about a dog. The most common variation is to "see a man about a horse". Almost any noun can be substituted as a way of giving the hearer a hint about one's purpose in departing. During Prohibition in the United States, the phrase was most commonly used in relation to the consumption or purchase of alcoholic beverages. This has been a useful and usefully vague excuse for absenting oneself from company for about years, though the real reason for slipping away has not always been the same.

Of these reasons [ I have used the phrase from time to time, but it doesn't seem to work all that well in the present day, and I haven't used it extensively. Perhaps I will try harder though, as I like it.

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I always heard it as " I've got to see a man about a dog". Not many horses around where I lived I suppose. And as for titbits

To see a man about a dog or horse is an English idiom, usually used as a way to apologize for one's imminent departure or absence—generally to euphemistically conceal one's true purpose, such as going to use the toilet or going to buy a drink. The original non-facetious meaning was probably to place or settle a bet on a racing dog. The earliest confirmed publication is the Dion Boucicault play Flying Scud [2] in which a character knowingly breezes past a difficult situation saying, "Excuse me Mr.

Top definition. See a man about a horse unknown. It means to politely excuse yourself from a situation to go to the restroom or buy a drink. It originated from men disappearing to go bet on horse or dog races. See a man about a dog means the same thing.

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I've just got to see a man about a horse. (slang, idiomatic, euphemistic) A message signaling one needs to go missing for a short while, for any reason, without.

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