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kick the bucket Informal

Meaning: If someone kicks the bucket, they die.

For example:

  • When I kick the bucket, you can just bury me under a tree at the bottom of the garden.

  • Did you see the movie "Bucket List"? It's about these two old guys who make a list of all the things they want to do before they kick the bucket.

Origin: Possibly related to an old and outdated second meaning of the word "bucket", which was a wooden frame on which an animal was hung by the feet before being killed. While dying, the animal might struggle and "kick the bucket".

Quick Quiz:

Luke said that after he kicks the bucket, he wants to
  1. go back to university
  2. go to the pub for a drink
  3. go to heaven

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