to desert, to abandon.
|Popular Detective June [Internet] What was the name of the actor you gave the powder to?‘Knife Thrower’ in|
1. to escape, to run away; also as imper.
|TAD Lex. (1993) 66: He declared that Packey had run out on former matches and would take a powder on this one.in Zwilling|
|Red Wind (1946) 86: I’m takin’ a powder from this toy mob.‘Blackmailers Don’t Shoot’ in|
|Reading (PA) Eagle 20 Mar. 7/3: If a student wants to study and his room is invaded by his fraternity or dormitory brothers, he politely tells them to leave by saying [...] ‘cop a sneak’ ‘cop a breeze’ or ‘take a powder’ .|
|Pat Hobby Stories (1967) 87: Taking a powder, eh?‘Pat Hobby, Putative Father’ in|
|Really the Blues 66: Mrs. Hitchcock packed up and took a powder.|
|Little Men, Big World 135: I’d like to talk this over with Ben Reisman. He used to be the best. But I can’t locate the son of a bitch. He took a powder.|
|Riverslake 200: ‘For God’s sake take a powder, Ziggy!’ he growled. ‘Go away and die!’.|
|Boss of Britain’s Underworld 91: If she had hit the bottle while I was away, or taken a powder with another bloke [...] I would not have blamed her.|
|Breakfast at Tiffany’s 88: So: the diplomat was planning a powder.|
|Teen-Age Mafia 102: He [...] was wondering if she would try to pull a powder on him.|
|Mr Madam (1967) 182: I took a powder. I up and left.|
|Dead Butler Caper 139: Why I hadn’t expected Lady Sonia to take a powder on me, I can’t imagine.|
|Under Cover 219: We got to make sure this guy don’t take a powder.|
|Legs 17: I don’t want you to get the idea I’m getting ready to take a powder.|
|Stingray Shuffle 276: They told me to take a powder – a cyanide powder.|
2. to leave without paying one’s rent.
|DSUE (8th edn) 1106/2: adopted, ca. 1940, ex US.|
3. of a boxer, to lose deliberately.
|Coshocton (OH) Trib. 13 Feb. 9/1: The boxer who is bought off in a crooked fight takes a ‘powder’ or ‘dive.’.|
|Paradise Alley (1978) 206: Vic, ya can take a powder if ya want – You don’t have to fight.|
4. to lose something.
|Jimmy Bench-Press 14: Every so often he does something really stupid and takes a powder for the money he puts out on the streets.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 11: ’I gave him a fifty, the bald man repeated. ‘Then I guess you’re taking a powder for that fifty [...] I’d get over it’.|