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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It was on the first page, his character was lying at the foot of the stairs and the line was:"Aaargh" just before he popped his clogs.
After Tiffany Pollard thought he had popped his clogs in the Celebrity Big Brother house two months ago, his actual death was more of a shock.
No sooner has Gregory Lancaster (a wealthy landowner, note: this is probably important) popped his clogs in his stately home, than he seems to have gone AWOL.
Just before he popped his clogs, the railway industry began to take off.
I'm still not convinced the EastEnders' nasty has finally popped his clogs and is going to meet his maker.
Has Menzies Campbell popped his clogs without any of us noticing?
And now crummy crime boss Johnny Allen has popped his clogs, Ruby's latest brilliant plan is to give away the millions he left her in his will.
When you bump into an MW at a social function and watch her sparkling and shimmering about the room, it's difficult not to come to the conclusion that, despite appearances to the contrary, she couldn't stand the sight of her hubby and was as pleased as p unch when he popped his clogs.
Road rage victim Derek (Peter Baldwin) popped his clogs while the cassette in his car was coming to the sad end of the Willow Tit Willow song from The Mikado.
IGGY Pop the lizard nearly popped his clogs after being cruelly dumped in a recycling bin.
At least, he would have done if he had not popped his clogs a good century or so before the pox of TOWIE and its many imitations was unleashed upon our tellies.
Nobody made such a fuss when Ali Bongo popped his clogs.
Audrey had only realised that she loved her fat, devoted husband Alf after he died - but now she's getting better at recognising the signs, so was able to tell Fred shortly BEFORE he popped his clogs.
1 AT least after Scottish sleuth Taggart popped his clogs they had the sense to keep the name that spawned such a long-lasting hit.
When the announcement finally comes that he's popped his clogs, I for one won't be surprised if he suddenly revives during his own funeral service and starts belting out.