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Definition of spend a penny

spend a penny

  • to use a toilet (restroom). comes from the days when you had to place a penny in a slot in the lavatory door. If you don't know what I mean, then you haven't seen some of the older public toilets here in Blighty (England)

    Last edited on Oct 19 2005. Submitted by Jane M. from Camberley, Surrey, UK on Oct 19 2005.

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