Kick the Bucket

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To perish, die or expire, no more alive

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  • It is a 16th century English phrase. In those days, prisoners were hanged by keeping them stand on the buckets with their necks being trapped in a strap or loop and by kicking the bucket from under their feet .Similar those criminals who used to commit suicide by hanging themselves used to kick that bucket under their own legs. Today the expression refers to any kind of death.
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In the recent devastating flood in the country large numbers of people kicked the buckets.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Kick the Bucket':

kick the bucketOf a machine, to break down such that it cannot be repaired.
kick the bucketTo die.
kick the bucketto die.
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