Meaning of take a powder in English:

take a powder


informal North American
  • Depart quickly, especially in order to avoid a difficult situation.

    • ‘He was the only one in the entire neighborhood that took a powder.’
    • ‘But the way the bishops are going to learn this is by carrying their cross, not taking a powder when it gets hot.’
    • ‘The nation's most prestigious newspaper takes a powder, retreating from the insistent voice - in which it advises the administration to provide world ‘leadership’ with its ‘power’ - to a pathetically passive tone.’’
    • ‘It's anybody's guess as to whether he will be allowed to take a powder now that his hypocrisy, mismanagement, corruption, vanity, arrogance, and, yes, cruelty, to victims has been exposed.’
    • ‘Cast your mind back to the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria: When an influenza outbreak ripped through the ranks of athletes, 25 were forced to take a powder.’
    • ‘To be priest is to carry the cross, not to take a powder.’
    • ‘And when the dame took a powder, it was even worse: ‘I stopped in a bar and had a couple double Scotches.’’
    • ‘Pushed by their label to make their already completed record more radio-friendly, the band took a powder, built enormous fan interest by distributing the album online and released it on Nonesuch Records.’
    • ‘The police tend to think he just got fed up with the high-pressure lifestyle, and being caught between the two women in his life, and that he took a powder.’
    • ‘So your stock tanked and your pension plan took a powder.’
    go away, depart, leave, take off, get out, get out of my sight