kick the bucket

When you kick the bucket, you die. Kick the bucket is an extremely informal way to describe death.

If you're looking for a delicate way to talk about someone dying, kick the bucket isn't the right way to do it — it's a blunt and casual, almost joking way to say "die." The origin is a little blurry, though most experts think it stems from the Old French buquet, a trébuchet or beam from which slaughtered — and possibly still kicking — animals were hung.

Definitions of kick the bucket
  1. verb
    pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
    “The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102”
    synonyms: buy the farm, cash in one's chips, choke, conk, croak, decease, die, drop dead, exit, expire, give-up the ghost, go, pass, pass away, perish, pop off, snuff it
    break, break down, conk out, die, fail, give out, give way, go, go bad
    stop operating or functioning
    die
    suffer or face the pain of death
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    Antonyms:
    be born
    come into existence through birth
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    abort
    cease development, die, and be aborted
    asphyxiate, stifle, suffocate
    be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
    buy it, pip out
    be killed or die;
    drown
    die from being submerged in water, getting water into the lungs, and asphyxiating
    predecease
    die before; die earlier than
    famish, starve
    die of food deprivation
    fall
    die, as in battle or in a hunt
    succumb, yield
    be fatally overwhelmed
    strangle
    die from strangulation
    type of:
    change state, turn
    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
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