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kick the bucket

Definition of kick the bucket

informal + somewhat old-fashioned

  1. :  to die <He inherited the house after his uncle kicked the bucket.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to strike out with the foot or feet

    :  to make a kick in football

    :  to show opposition :  resist, rebel

  1. :  a blow or sudden forceful thrust with the foot

    :  a sudden propelling of a ball with the foot

    :  the power to kick

  1. :  a typically cylindrical vessel for catching, holding, or carrying liquids or solids

    :  something resembling a bucket: as

    :  the scoop of an excavating machine

  1. :  to draw or lift in buckets

    :  to ride (a horse) hard

    :  to drive hurriedly or roughly

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