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    check out the plumbing

    Could I say "checking out the plumbing" for "using the bath room."?

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    Re: check out the plumbing

    I haven't met it in the UK, but it's possible. 'Plumbing' and 'waterworks' are a commonly used euphemism - in medical circles - for gastro-intestinal and urinary problems.

    ('Waterworks' has another metaphorical use in other contexts - 'crying': 'Whenever I mention my poker nights (Thursday, without fail) she turns on the waterworks.')

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    Re: check out the plumbing

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I haven't met it in the UK, but it's possible. 'Plumbing' and 'waterworks' are a commonly used euphemism - in medical circles - for gastro-intestinal and urinary problems.

    ('Waterworks' has another metaphorical use in other contexts - 'crying': 'Whenever I mention my poker nights (Thursday, without fail) she turns on the waterworks.')

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    Re: check out the plumbing

    Yes.
    "I've got to check out the plumbing" is a somewhat crude way of saying, "I need to go to the bathroom.'

    Use this expression carefully; not in mixed company or in a professional setting.

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    Re: check out the plumbing

    I've often said and heard 'I'm going to inspect the plumbing' (check out is more of an AE expression, as is bathroom for toilet.

    I consider it to be in no way crude and would use it in any company.

    Rover

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    Re: check out the plumbing

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I've often said and heard 'I'm going to inspect the plumbing' (check out is more of an AE expression, as is bathroom for toilet.

    I consider it to be in no way crude and would use it in any company.

    Rover
    I agree with Rover and would not hesitate to use the expression in mixed company. I think 'I need to check out the plumbing' sounds better than saying 'I have to go to the bathroom.'

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