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kick the bucket

slang To die. If they invent a hoverboard before I kick the bucket, I'm definitely going to try it, no matter how old I am. Any plant under my care kicks the bucket in about a week.
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kick the bucket

Die, as in All of my goldfish kicked the bucket while we were on vacation. This moderately impolite usage has a disputed origin. Some say it refers to committing suicide by hanging, in which one stands on a bucket, fastens a rope around one's neck, and kicks the bucket away. A more likely origin is the use of bucket in the sense of "a beam from which something may be suspended" because pigs were suspended by their heels from such beams after being slaughtered, the term kick the bucket came to mean "to die." [Colloquial; late 1700s]
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kick the bucket

INFORMAL
If someone kicks the bucket, they die. The doctor said the old girl is about to kick the bucket — got some sort of kidney infection. All the money goes to her when the old man kicks the bucket. Note: This expression is used in a humorous way. Note: The origins of this expression are uncertain. It may refer to someone committing suicide by standing on a bucket, tying a rope around their neck, then kicking the bucket away.
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kick the bucket

die. informal
The bucket in this phrase may be a pail on which a person committing suicide might stand, kicking it away before they hanged themselves. Another suggestion is that it refers to a beam on which something can be hung up; in Norfolk dialect the beam from which a slaughtered pig was suspended by its heels could be referred to as a bucket .
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ˌkick the ˈbucket

(British English, informal or humorous) die: He got married for the first time when he was 75 and a week later he kicked the bucket.This idiom refers to the killing of animals for food. They were hung from a wooden frame (the bucket), which they would kick as they were dying.
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kick the bucket

tv. to die. I’m too young to kick the bucket!
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kick the bucket

Slang
To die.
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However, the idiomatic kick the bucket is highly restricted in its behaviour, since it does not allow many movements that the same kick the bucket in literal decoding does, which is the proof of its relatively high degree of idiomaticity.
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Then when one of them does kick the bucket (in a crack den, sans knickers, natch) the show host could reveal how many winners shared the rollover prize for betting which one goes first.
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