bucket list


Definition of bucket list

: a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying

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Though this might be the case, witnessing this month's Blue Moon is still something to check off your bucket list. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "A Full Flower Blue Moon Is Happening This Month—Here’s Everything You Need to Know," 13 May 2019 Tell us a little bit about how the hotel has already made its way onto the jet-set's bucket list. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At ... The Mandarin Oriental Canouan," 9 Apr. 2019 Photo: William Widmer for The Wall Street Journal College football is perfect in Death Valley, on the bucket list of places to see a game, especially one with these stakes. Jason Gay, WSJ, "All Hail Our Alabama Football Overlords," 4 Nov. 2018 One thing on the bucket list of country favorites Shenandoah was to record a live album. Chuck Dauphin, Billboard, "Shenandoah Talks New Live Album 'Reloaded,' Shares Cover Art & Tracklist: Exclusive," 2 Feb. 2018 But the lights are not guaranteed even in high latitudes, making their appearance a bucket list item made only more enticing in the age of #wanderlust imagecrafting. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Keep on Chasing the Northern Lights," 25 Mar. 2019 Expensive, yes, but this was a bucket list item for my parents and me. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "An Entertainment Editor's Impulse Buys: A Roomba, End-of-Year Sales, and $450 on Ice Skating," 9 Jan. 2019 From the coolest shops to the best pancakes and must-stroll parks, consider the below a bucket list for your first trip to the city. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Hotel Will Make All The Fashion Girls Flock to Amsterdam," 15 Nov. 2018 If Shanghai isn't on your bucket list, then add it. Todd Plummer, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Do Shanghai in 12 Hours or Less," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of bucket list

2006, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bucket list

from the phrase kick the bucket (to die)

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