Kicking the bucket

This expression made a brief appearance in a blog post about the word kicking a while back but it is worth to look at it in a bit more detail.

The kicker of this bucket seems very much alive, pic:

Kicking the bucket means to die.  it is not a very subtle way to say that somebody died, it is somewhat casual and unconcerned.  So if your beloved Uncle Harry dies, you probably would not say “he kicked the bucket” but if somebody you don’t know and don’t particularly care about dies and you want to express those sentiments you could use it.

Like in this example:

“What, that actor is still alive?  I thought he had kicked the bucket years ago. He must be in his 90s by now.”

Where the expression originated is unknown. There are theories but none too good so let’s not worry about them.

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