kick the bucket

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v kick the bucket pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life "She died from cancer","The children perished in the fire","The patient went peacefully","The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Kick the bucket (slang) to die
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Idioms

Kick the bucket - When someone kicks the bucket, they die.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. conn. with A.S. búc, a pitcher; or O. Fr. buket, a pail. Not Gael. bucaid, a bucket.

Usage

In literature:

He kicks the old fire-bucket with his peg-leg.
"Rewards and Fairies" by Rudyard Kipling
See, Bob; if that Jane was to kick the bucket, do you think the old bloke 'ud leave it all to Jo?
"The Nether World" by George Gissing
I see," said Bobolink; "by that time the poor chap will either be recovered or else have kicked the bucket.
"The Banner Boy Scouts on a Tour" by George A. Warren
Kick the bucket purty soon now.
"Chums in Dixie" by St. George Rathborne
Hiccupped, and `kicked the bucket.
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
Don't you see he's a'most goin' to kick the bucket?
"The Coral Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
Mayo was obliged to kick the two men with considerable heartiness before he could stir them to bailing with the buckets.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
Sure it'd be a pity for you to kick the bucket yet awhile.
"Nobody's Girl" by Hector Malot
To kick the bucket; 2.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 57, No. 351, January 1845" by Various
But one kicked the bucket, and then there were Seven.
"Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1" by Edward William Cole
Some fool had been thar before, found gold, made a map of the place, and then kicked the bucket.
"The Frontiersman" by H. A. Cody
You mean because you thought I'd kicked the bucket?
"Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal" by Robert Sydney Bowen
Why, how the devil can we help it, if your brat has kicked the bucket?
"The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 2 of 6" by Eugène Sue
He'd look different if he was goin' to kick the bucket.
"The Pioneers" by Katharine Susannah Prichard
We're not going to kick the bucket here!
"813" by Maurice Leblanc
It was a good-sized piece of cold lead and the fellow may kick the bucket any minute.
"The Hills of Refuge" by Will N. Harben
Before Attwill kicked the bucket she lived in a glass case.
"A Butterfly on the Wheel" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
There was a Dutch woman, whose husband, Diedrick Van Pronk, kicked the bucket, and left her inconsolable.
"Dealings with the Dead, Volume I (of 2)" by A Sexton of the Old School
Between them, they'll persuade you you're going to kick the bucket.
"Mrs. Thompson" by William Babington Maxwell
By the time I get home they'll have kicked the bucket, the whole lot of 'em.
"The Human Slaughter-House" by Wilhelm Lamszus
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In poetry:

And the next that I remember was when we lost a cow;
She had kicked the bucket for certain, the question was only--How?
I held my own opinion, and Betsey another had;
And when we were done a-talkin', we both of us was mad.
"Betsey And I Are Out" by William McKendree Carleton
And the next that I remember was when we lost a cow;
She had kicked the bucket for certain, the question was only—How?
I held my own opinion, and Betsey another had;
And when we were done a-talkin', we both of us was mad.
"Betsey and I are out" by Will McKendree Carleton

In news:

Don't worry about him killing brain cells, those suckers kicked the bucket right after he chugged that 22 beer.
On the day that Sundance kicked off and Eastman Kodak filed for bankruptcy, the Motion Picture Academy threw a bucket of ice water on the digital filmmaking revolution.
When your electric water heater kicks the bucket, you will want to replace it as quickly as possible.
Before You Kick the Bucket .
Lists of stuff you should oughtta wanna do before you kick the bucket ) are hot these days.
This infographic gives you the top 20 most popular things to do before you kick the bucket .
It's never too late to kick the bucket list.
I have never compiled a bucket list — a list of the things I want to do before I kick the bucket.
Frost Brew Give your liveliest leeches a kick in the butt by tossing a handful of ice into the bucket 15 minutes before you start fishing.
A weepy, fuzzy end-of-life drama will leave you wanting to kick The Bucket List.
Before You Kick the Bucket.
Could kick the can kick the bucket.
A "Bucket List," popularized by the 2007 Jack Nicholson/Morgan Freeman film of the same name, is a list of life experiences you hope to accomplish before you, you know, kick the bucket.
Internet rumors were swirling recently that our own lovable, dysfunctional, television drama queen Frankie Abernathy had kicked the bucket.
Kick the Bucket uses a machine that cleans with high pressure and also sucks the water back so homeowners don't have a soggy mess.
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