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

v 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”
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
suffer or face the pain of death
be born
come into existence through birth
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cease development, die, and be aborted
asphyxiate, stifle, suffocate
be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
buy it, pip out
be killed or die;
die from being submerged in water, getting water into the lungs, and asphyxiating
die before; die earlier than
famish, starve
die of food deprivation
die, as in battle or in a hunt
succumb, yield
be fatally overwhelmed
die from strangulation
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change state, turn
undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

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