drop off the hooks

drop off the hooks

obsolete To perish or die. If the Duke should drop off the hooks before his will is revised, the estate would pass to his eldest son instead of me. And who, pray tell, will provide for you once I've dropped off the hooks?
See also: drop, hook, off
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Actually, when I first was notified of the award I went into a funk," Guillermoprieto wrote, "because, as is well-known, lifetime achievement awards are generally given to people who are about to drop off the hooks.