gone to the big something in the sky

gone to the big (something) in the sky

Having died. Something related to the deceased person's interests is stated between "big" and "in." My grandfather loved to tinker with cars before he went to that big toolbox in the sky.
See also: big, gone, sky

gone to the big (or great) — in the sky

having died. informal euphemistic
The open slot is filled by the name of a place or milieu typically occupied by the deceased in life.
2004 DVD Verdict Harold's pet goldfish has gone to the great fish bowl in the sky, but our favorite toddler doesn't grasp the meaning of death.
See also: big, gone, sky, something