shuffle off this mortal coil

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

  (humorous)
to die
Usage notes: This phrase comes from the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare.
I really want to see the Coliseum before I shuffle off this mortal coil.
See lost in the shuffle
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.