See a man about a dog
Does anyone happen to know what the phrase "i am gonna see a man about a dog" means? We had a group of people over my house discussing this and no one knew. please help
Lewis Joplin II
I don't know if it has the same meaning all over. But in my social set, it's a polite way of saying you have to go to the restroom. Take a wee or whatever. Another potty-break saying from my West Virginia childhood, "I've got to go see Miss Murphy."

Hounddog Taylor, a musician, said on a recording, "I gotta see a man 'bout a hoss (horse)." I believe Mr. Taylor (who was suffering from cancer) meant he was going to go take some illegal narcotics.

yummy mummy
My experience of it is that it means anything you are going to do that you don't want to reveal or bother explaining. The user is being obtuse for whatever reason.

My grandfather used to say it to me if I asked him where he was going. He would give me a wry smile and say "I'm going to see a man about a dog", but it was in the context of "Don't you worry your pretty little head about that" or "Never you mind".

I've also heard it as a "I gotta see a man about a mule." Brad Pitt's character says it in the movie Kalifornia. I don't know if it is a polite way to say "I need to relieve myself" but it is definately used that way. It makes sense that on farms without in-door plumbing that a trip outside was necessary in order to go potty. Therefore, any animal, mule, horse, what-have-you, would be visited.
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