pop (one's) clogs

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pop (one's) clogs

To die. A friend of mine is convinced he's going to pop his clogs whenever he feels the slightest bit unwell. I just need to pop in at the office to see Cheryl, but I won't be staying all day.
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