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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Tragically, by the time I had plucked up the courage to ask her out she had popped her clogs.
And he'd have jacked it all in for love if the object of his desires hadn't popped her clogs first.
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First Colin Fishwick dropped dead in front of him, then he lost the plot with Charlotte and whacked her over the head with a hammer, and now poor old Joy Fishwick has popped her clogs.
But for now Dennis and his cronies investigate the case of a cat-loving elderly woman who popped her clogs and was then partially eaten by her moggies.
Still, at least he was born after Queen Anne, the one with legs like a sideboard who popped her clogs nearly 300 years ago.
Paul told his brother that he confessed to his mum who was driving the car all those years ago just before she popped her clogs.
But Coronation Street has positively thrived on grand exits ever since Martha Longhurst popped her clogs in the snug at the Rovers.
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I phoned her up to arrange a date but unfortunately she'd popped her clogs.
I met a Dutch girl with inflatable shoes last week, phoned her up to arrange a date, but unfortunately she'd popped her clogs.
I phoned her up for a date but unfortunately she'd popped her clogs.
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WHEN Anne Haddy popped her clogs as Helen Daniels in Ramsay Street nobody noticed.