pop (one's) clogs

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pop (one's) clogs

To die. Primarily heard in UK. A friend of mine is convinced he's going to pop his clogs whenever he feels the slightest bit unwell.
See also: clog, pop

pop your clogs

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If someone pops their clogs, they die. He popped his clogs halfway through the performance. Note: This expression is used to refer to someone's death in a light-hearted or humorous way. Note: This expression may refer to an old sense of `pop', meaning to pawn something (= borrow some money in return for a valuable object that you leave with the lender. The lender can sell the object if you do not pay the money back). Clogs used to be the normal footwear of people such as mill workers, especially in the north of England.
See also: clog, pop

pop your clogs

die. British informal
The expression, which is first recorded in 1970 , probably comes from the idea of ‘popping’ (i.e. pawning) a person's clogs after they have died (and therefore have no further use for them). It may well also have been influenced, though, by the colloquial pop off meaning ‘die’, which dates back to the mid 18th century.
1998 Oldie We cannot claim any credit for foreseeing that Enoch was about to pop his clogs.
See also: clog, pop

pop your ˈclogs

(British English, humorous) die: I haven’t seen you for so long I thought you’d popped your clogs!
See also: clog, pop
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I may have slightly tweaked the terminology, but the fact remains that when I pop my clogs and fly off to the columnist cloud in the sky, I'll stop three times on the way to check my phone is in my handbag and then ask the bloke at the pearly gates for the access code for the broadband.
I meanwhile have a number of opportunities in the Creative Industries Id like to take up before I pop my clogs.
Personally, when I pop my clogs, I would be quite happy to be plonked into a cardboard box, buried under my plum tree and, for those who are so minded to mourn, to do so over a bag of pork scratchings and a few pints of Batham's Best.
Like scowsr, I hope I live long enough to take my seat at at least one game before I pop my clogs.
Maybe I should start planning my funeral for when I pop my clogs.
I knew I could not pop my clogs without putting pen to paper.
future could be secured, and if I pop my clogs next week I know the Thoroughbred
I'm not wanting in any way but if I was super-rich I could set up a trust fund for myself so I could be treated with dignity until I pop my clogs.
FORGET Australia, America or even the Scouse haven that is Marbella, before I pop my clogs there is only one destination I want to see out my retirement years in- Pandora.
Should I pop my clogs, go up to Heaven, with a cheese sandwich for the journey, or cheese on toast if I go downstairs, I will take comfort from the fact that the Readers' Digest are still doing their bit for me even beyond the grave.
When I pop my clogs, I want to rest in peace alongside Barrians, untroubled by those rowdy Cardiff types.
He meant at home rather than in hospital although, given the choice, I'd prefer to pop my clogs on the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro watching a ladies volleyball match.
Presumed consent makes perfect moral and medical sense - if I'm about to pop my clogs and don't need my ticker, why shouldn't someone else have it?
And if I pop my clogs tomorrow then he can take over with my wife Barbara.