to kick the bucket


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Kick \Kick\ (k[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kicked (k[i^]kt); p.
   pr. & vb. n. Kicking.] [W. cicio, fr. cic foot.]
   1. To strike, thrust, or hit violently with the foot; as, a
      horse kicks a groom; a man kicks a dog.
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            He [Frederick the Great] kicked the shins of his
            judges.                               --Macaulay.
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   2. To evict or remove from a place or position, usually with
      out or off; as, they kicked him off the staff; he was
      kicked out of the restaurant; the landlord kicked them out
      of the apartment for making too much noise.
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   3. (Sport) To score (goals or points) by kicking; as, they
      kicked three field goals in the game.
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   4. To discontinue; -- usually used of habitual activities;
      as, to kick a habit; he kicked his drug habit.
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   To kick the beam, to fit up and strike the beam; -- said of
      the lighter arm of a loaded balance; hence, to be found
      wanting in weight. --Milton.

   To kick the bucket, to lose one's life; to die. [Colloq. &
      Low]

   To kick oneself, to experience strong regret; as, he kicked
      himself for not investing in the stock market in 1995.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bucket \Buck"et\, n. [OE. boket; cf. AS. buc pitcher, or Corn.
   buket tub.]
   1. A vessel for drawing up water from a well, or for
      catching, holding, or carrying water, sap, or other
      liquids.
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            The old oaken bucket, the iron-bound bucket,
            The moss-covered bucket, which hung in the well.
                                                  --Wordsworth.
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   2. A vessel (as a tub or scoop) for hoisting and conveying
      coal, ore, grain, etc.
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   3. (Mach.) One of the receptacles on the rim of a water wheel
      into which the water rushes, causing the wheel to revolve;
      also, a float of a paddle wheel.
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   4. The valved piston of a lifting pump.
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   5. (Mach.) one of vanes on the rotor of a turbine.
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   6. (Mach.) a bucketfull.
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   Fire bucket, a bucket for carrying water to put out fires.
      

   To kick the bucket, to die. [Low]
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