die with your boots on


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die with (one's) boots on

To die while still actively working or in the age or physical condition to do so (i.e., before retirement). The thought of growing old depresses me. I'd rather die with my boots on.
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die with your boots on

If you say that someone died with their boots on, you mean that they died while they were still actively involved in their work. Unlike many businesspeople who die with their boots on, he has very sensibly left the entire running of the company to his son. Note: This expression was originally used to refer to a soldier who died in battle.
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die with your boots on

die while actively occupied.
Die with your boots on was apparently first used in the late 19th century of the deaths of cowboys and others in the American West who were killed in gun battles or hanged.
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