See A Man about a dog




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Meaning:

Unwilling to reveal the true nature of ones' business.


Example:

Uncle Elmer didn't want little Joey to know what he did at the outhouse, so he told Johnny that he was going to
see a man about a dog.


Origin:

The expression comes from the 1866 play 'Flying Scud' by Irish-born playwright Dion Boucicault. One of the characters uses the words as an excuse to get away from a tricky situation. This character says:
Excuse me Mr. Quail, I can't stop; I've got to see a man about a dog.

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