Is there any similar and formal expressions to say "hold the urine"?

I'd like to know some formal expression to say "hold the urine".

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    About all I've ever heard are several versions of "just hold it", plus "cross your legs".
    – Hot Licks
    Mar 25, 2017 at 1:50
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    Could you clarify the meaning of this expression, it's not common where I come from.
    – Pharap
    Mar 25, 2017 at 7:59
  • Is this a formal translation of 'take the piss' or a slightly odd way of saying 'don't urinate now'? Either way, it isn't idiomatic, at least for British English, so your meaning isn't clear to me.
    – Spagirl
    Mar 25, 2017 at 11:02

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There are no direct way to say "hold the urine", like there're no direct way to say "pee".

Almost everytime, you don't explicitly say: I hold the pee/poo.

However, you can use "I really need to go to the toilet", that's formal.

  • There's always "I need to see a man about a horse".
    – Hot Licks
    Mar 26, 2017 at 0:19

There are ways to say "hold your urine" where I come from. If someone says "I have to urinate," you can answer:

"Cross your legs and think about the desert." (Good for mixed company.)

"Tie a knot in it." (To a man.)

"Don't break the seal." (Common among beer drinkers.)

"Just keep dancing." (General use.) (US)

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