Touching Cloth: What does the Popular Phrase “Touching Cloth” Mean?

The idiomatic phrase “touching cloth” is one you will probably not hear or see frequently other than as a form of informal speech. Here you will find the meaning of the phrase and the information regarding its origin. You will also find some examples of how to properly use this phrase in conversations/statements and discover other ways to say the phrase while conveying the same meaning.

Touching Cloth

Touching Cloth Meaning

The phrase “touching cloth” means that you have to poop so badly that it is peeking out and touching the underwear or that you nearly crapped yourself.

Origin of this idiomatic expression

The exact origin of the idiom “touching cloth” is unknown. The only thing for certain is that the phrase began being used sometime in the early 2000s to describe someone’s urge to poop.

“Touching Cloth” Examples

Example Statements

A statement made by a victim of a car accident.

  • “I saw the car coming up from behind me. When I saw he wasn’t going to stop, I was touching cloth! I knew he was going to hit me and there was nothing I could do about it.”

A statement made by a cool and humorous doctor.

  • “So you are going to take this medicine to clear your colon. It is not going to be fun. You will spend the whole evening touching cloth. In the morning, don’t eat a thing and come back here for the colonoscopy.”

Example Conversations

A conversation between two boys in the locker room after gym.

  • Boy 1: I need to hurry up and get dressed.
  • Boy 2: Why? What’s the rush?
  • Boy 1: I have a brown snake playing peek-a-boo and I am touching cloth.

A conversation between a father and son.

  • Son: Dad, can you step on it?
  • Father: If I go any faster, I might get pulled over.
  • Son: Trust me, Dad. If you don’t go faster and find me a toilet, a cop pulling you over is going to the be the least of your problems because I am touching cloth.

Other Ways to Say “Touching Cloth”

Like all idiomatic phrases, there are several other ways to say “touching cloth” that still convey the same meaning. Some of these other ways include:

  • I have to poop badly
  • Crapping is imminent
  • I need to defecate immediately

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2 thoughts on “Touching Cloth: What does the Popular Phrase “Touching Cloth” Mean?”

  1. Definitely older than that. I first saw it used in VIZ and I first read that publication in 1987 so its at least that old.


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