take a powder

verb
disappear without notifying anyone (idiom)
Syn: ↑skip town
Hypernyms: ↑disappear, ↑vanish, ↑go away
Verb Frames:
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phrasal or take a runout powder
slang : to leave hurriedly : skip out : decamp, flee

not likely to cross you up or take a powder on you — W.L.Gresham

taking a powder and leaving everything up in the air — George Sklar

took a powder for Paris accompanied by a beautiful blond mistress — Mike Stern

took a runout powder this morning — Clayton Rawson

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informal depart quickly, esp. in order to avoid a difficult situation

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take a powder
US informal + old-fashioned : to leave suddenly and quickly

The boys decided to take a powder as soon as they saw there was work to be done.

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Main Entry:powder

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take a ˈpowder idiom
(NAmE, informal) to leave suddenly; to run away
Main entry:powderidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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