pop (one's) clogs

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pop (one's) clogs

To die. Primarily heard in UK. A friend of mine is convinced he's going to pop his clogs whenever he feels the slightest bit unwell.
See also: clog, pop

pop your clogs

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If someone pops their clogs, they die. He popped his clogs halfway through the performance. Note: This expression is used to refer to someone's death in a light-hearted or humorous way. Note: This expression may refer to an old sense of `pop', meaning to pawn something (= borrow some money in return for a valuable object that you leave with the lender. The lender can sell the object if you do not pay the money back). Clogs used to be the normal footwear of people such as mill workers, especially in the north of England.
See also: clog, pop

pop your clogs

die. British informal
The expression, which is first recorded in 1970 , probably comes from the idea of ‘popping’ (i.e. pawning) a person's clogs after they have died (and therefore have no further use for them). It may well also have been influenced, though, by the colloquial pop off meaning ‘die’, which dates back to the mid 18th century.
1998 Oldie We cannot claim any credit for foreseeing that Enoch was about to pop his clogs.
See also: clog, pop

pop your ˈclogs

(British English, humorous) die: I haven’t seen you for so long I thought you’d popped your clogs!
See also: clog, pop
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In normal circumstances it would be best all round for the mass murderer to pop his clogs, but with Fiz facing many years in prison she needs John to wake up and confess all to the police.
His incapacity benefit should be stopped and his case reviewed, and if he is as ill as he makes out he might pop his clogs in the meantime - good riddance to bad rubbish.
3) Oh, Little Town of Weatherfield, where Tracy learnt to lie/And plot and scheme and iron her arm, while Claire was walking by/Poor Charlie only slept around and told fat Shell to diet/It's sad that he will pop his clogs 'fore Rosie gets to try it.
My mother has had a premonition that he'll pop his clogs somewhere over Tower Bridge.
It must have been a terrifying experience for the daredevil, who was lucky not to pop his clogs.
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SCOTLAND'S answer to Viz magazine's Suicidal Sid, the self-destructive Wilbur, is always trying to pop his clogs.
All three women show the emotional depth of crispbread at these points and it doesn't help that Lou is such a horrendous father, you hope he will pop his clogs as speedily as possible.
But no matter what they do, Keitel just won't pop his clogs.
At one firm of high-street bookmakers he's 27/1 to pop his clogs before Easter.