I am looking for an expression how to ask 'leave the classroom for several minutes to call somebody or to blow my nose, etc.' We usually use such an expression 'May I come in' when we would like to enter the room and I am looking for its antonym. Is it suitable to use 'go out/go off' for this purpose? I mean 'to leave the room for several minutes and then go back.'

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    'May I come in?' is a stand-alone expression. But a stand-alone request wouldn't normally be acceptable in a classroom situation. 'Please(,) may I go to the toilet?' provides the reason most teachers would deem necessary. 'Please may I leave the room to phone my friend?' gives a reason that most teachers would not accept under normal circumstances. – Edwin Ashworth Oct 16 '16 at 8:17
  • What is wrong with the phrase May I leave?? – BladorthinTheGrey Oct 16 '16 at 8:43
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    What @EdwinAshworth said. But if you feel you need to avoid providing background/detail about what you intend to do or why, you can ask May I please leave? The teacher might wonder why, but if s?he senses your seriousness or embarassment then s?he might well not ask why. – Drew Oct 16 '16 at 15:05

May I be excused?

May I be excused? - May I leave this place, please?; May I leave to use the toilet?

Nature calls. May I be excused?

The student raised her hand and said, "Teacher, may I be excused?"

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs.

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    Very good. You may also say "step out" or "step out of the room [for a moment]", or "step into the hall [for a moment]." – aparente001 Oct 17 '16 at 2:16

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