shuffle off this mortal coil

shuffle off this mortal coil

To die. An allusion to a line in Shakespeare's Hamlet, in which Hamlet muses on what happens to the spirit after death. I've been giving my money away to my children over the past few years—I don't want them squabbling over it when I shuffle off this mortal coil. I heard that Jenkins shuffled off this mortal coil over the weekend.
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shuffle off this mortal coil

Euph. to die. (Often jocular or formal euphemism. Not often used in consoling someone.) Cousin Fred shuffled off this mortal coil after suffering a heart attack. When I shuffle off this mortal coil, I want to go out in stylebells, flowers, and a long, boring funeral.
See also: coil, mortal, off, shuffle, this

shuffle off this mortal coil

die. literary
Shuffle off this mortal coil is a quotation from Shakespeare 's Hamlet. This mortal coil is sometimes used independently to mean ‘the fact or state of being alive’, with the suggestion that this is a troublesome state, since coil retains here its archaic sense of ‘turmoil’.
1986 Dudley Moore Off-Beat He was just one of a number of distinguished composers who have shuffled off their mortal coil in a variety of unusual ways.
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shuffle off this mortal ˈcoil

(old-fashioned or humorous) die: They believe that when they shuffle off this mortal coil their souls will become stars.This expression comes from Shakespeare’s play Hamlet.
See also: coil, mortal, off, shuffle, this

shuffle off this mortal coil

Die. This phrase that appears in Hamlet combines the archaic meaning of two words. “Shuffle” meant “rid,” while “coil” meant “troubles.” As Shakespeare put it, “What dreams may come / When we have shuffled off this mortal coil / Must give us pause.”
See also: coil, mortal, off, shuffle, this
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I imagine there are many now hoping - and working quietly to ensure - that it all takes just slightly longer than it takes them to shuffle off this mortal coil.
I love a park bench - I would like one with a plaque with my name on when I finally shuffle off this mortal coil.
While the 48-year-old waits to shuffle off this mortal coil she keeps her crate on top of her bookcase.
Gil and Elizabeth continue to spar, she patiently, he determinedly, she appealing to a sure clincher that it would guarantee how he wants to shuffle off this mortal coil.
And that's forever, until I shuffle off this mortal coil, which, on the basis of pounds 1.
I'm more worried by news that my wife might start hanging around gents' toilets when I shuffle off this mortal coil, frankly.
We want to wake up one day to find that we are somehow connected by blood to someone with a lot of cash, and that they've just been waiting to shuffle off this mortal coil before they share the wealth.
For it is better to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune than to shuffle off this mortal coil devoid of the Goodwood experience.
But when we shuffle off this mortal coil, your in-tray could still be full and who'd care?
It's not difficult to believe that some old Nazis with grudges would start this trash talk before they shuffle off this mortal coil.
Hy - my old friend Chris Johnson - paled, thinking he was about to shuffle off this mortal coil.
But will they all make it to the end of the series, or are some destined to shuffle off this mortal coil beforehand in a bid to make the drama's demise more poignant than it might have been?
Setting aside the unpleasantness of the situation for which you are planning, it is vital that we all ensure that our families won''t be left with unexpected and hefty tax bills when we shuffle off this mortal coil.
Apparently next Friday is when we shuffle off this mortal coil, according to the Mayan Calendar.
If you're drawing Social Security, pay attention to what I have to say: Get rid of the stuff you can't take with you when you shuffle off this mortal coil, pass into the sunset, pass on.