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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If enough of them pop their clogs in time, we can just call the whole thing off
Of course, a simple reason why fewer obese people get dementia could be that they pop their clogs from other illnesses before it strikes.
Because, whatever you might say, they subsidise the tax take to a huge amount and generally pop their clogs young.
Why on earth would anyone want to pop their clogs before their time and especially when they are not ill?
I wonder if he has considered where the good non-Christians go when they pop their clogs.
11 Who helps people decide on a will to please all before they pop their clogs in BBC2 series Can't take It With you?
Westminster's Department of Health last year predicted that 65,000 in the UK would pop their clogs as swine flu swept the land.
With tips from the doctor, the contestants aim to delay the time when they pop their clogs.
They noticed that whenever Oscar curls up on the bed next to someone, they usually pop their clogs within four hours.
But, although this award is generally made to people who are about to pop their clogs, I feel greatly honoured.
They'd press their ears to the church's east window to hear a mysterious spirit intone the names of those destined to pop their clogs in the coming year.
In a Cuckoo's Nest-type scenario, they play terminally ill men who break out of a cancer ward for one last whirl before they finally pop their clogs
The BBC2's Saturday night sitcom sees pensioners running bets on who will be the first to pop their clogs in the hypothermia stakes while the local pastime is watching out for the latest victim to go flying on the icy pavement.
Mr Waddell, who has been a darts commentator since the 1970s, said: "A night at the darts should be on a list of 10 things someone does before they pop their clogs.