I don’t know about you and yours, but my family always excused ourselves from company for private purposes with this phrase:
Excuse me, I have to see a man about a dog.
Wikipedia says (so, of course, it must be true):
The earliest confirmed publication is the 1866 Dion Boucicault play Flying Scud in which a character knowingly breezes past a difficult situation saying, “Excuse me Mr. Quail, I can’t stop; I’ve got to see a man about a dog.” Time magazine observed that the phrase was the play’s “claim to fame”.
During Prohibition in the United States, the phrase was most commonly used in relation to the consumption or purchase of alcoholic beverages. In Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle Brown Ale commonly gained the nickname of “Dog” from the frequent use of the phrase to describe going to the pub.
Since I’m rather fond of Newcastle Brown Ale, I approve this citation.
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A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Someone needs to see a man about a dog.