Definition 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"

Definition of Kick the bucket

1. Verb. (idiomatic euphemistic colloquial) To die. ¹

2. Verb. (idiomatic colloquial) Of a machine, to break down such that it cannot be repaired. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Kick The Bucket

kick one's heels
kick oneself
kick out
kick over the traces
kick plate
kick pleat
kick sampling
kick scooter
kick some tires
kick someone when they are down
kick start
kick started
kick starter
kick starting
kick starts
kick the bucket (current term)
kick the can
kick the can down the road
kick the habit
kick the tires
kick the tires and light the fires
kick the tyres
kick the wheels
kick to the curb
kick turn
kick up
kick up a fuss
kick up one's heels
kick up the arse
kick upstairs

Literary usage of Kick the bucket

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Theatrical Management in the West and South for Thirty Years by Solomon Smith (1868)
"I took up the idea that, if I must kick the bucket, I might as well do it in the middle of the night, when most of the family were asleep, so that in the ..."

2. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
"Kick the Bucket (To). A bocket is a pulley, and in Norfol|( a beam. ... To kick the bucket is to be hung on the balk or bucket by the heels. ..."

3. A glossary of French slang by Olivier Leroy (1922)
"Casser sa pipe, to die, kick the bucket, peg out. 6. Casser du sucre sur la tête de quelqu'un, to criticize, run down some one, to speak maliciously of ..."

4. The Slang Dictionary: Etymological, Historical, and Anecdotal by John Camden Hotten (1874)
"kick the bucket, to die.—Norfolk. According to Forby, a metaphor taken from the descent of a ... See kick the bucket, of which phrase it is a corruption. ..."

5. Grose's Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue: Revised and Corrected Francis Grose by Francis Grose (1823)
"kick the bucket. To die. He kicked the bucket one day ; he died one day. To kick the clouds before the hotel door; ie to be hanged. KID. ..."

6. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1888)
"The latter suggests a curious coincidence with the vulgar English, " kick the bucket." The ordinary explanation given in the English slang dictionaries ..."

7. Scottish Notes and Queries edited by John Bulloch (1889)
"Heely, heely, laddie, ye may na' get the kirk though the auld man kick the bucket." The expression, of which this anecdote shows the tearing, ..."

8. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"kick the bucket, a slang phrase common on both sides of the Atlantic, ... "Did he kick the bucket, doctor?" faintly inquired the patient Kickshaws, ..."

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