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kick the bucket

Submitted by evfokas on 2013-05-05

Idiomatic translations of "kick the bucket"

Azerbaijani
Rəhmətə getdi
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Azerbaijani
Dünyasını dəyişmək
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Bulgarian
ритна камбаната
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Bulgarian
да ритнеш камбаната
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Bulgarian
хвърлям петалите
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Bulgarian #1, #2
Bulgarian
предавам богу дух
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Bulgarian #1, #2
Bulgarian
отивам в гроба
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Bulgarian #1, #2
Bulgarian
обръщам очи
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Bulgarian #1, #2
Bulgarian
гушна букета
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Catalan
Fer l'ànec
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Chinese
駕鶴歸西
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Chinese
蒙主寵召
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Czech
natáhnout bačkory
Danish
at stille træskoene
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Danish
at tage billetten
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Dutch
In het stof bijten
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English
turn up (one's) toes
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English #1, #2, Turkish
English
shuffle off this mortal coil
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English
pop (one's) clogs
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English
roll a seven
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English
left the building
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English
To go the way of all flesh
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English
to cross the Great Divide
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English
To come to naught
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English
tip over the perch
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English
pop off the hooks 
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English
meet (one's) maker
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English #1, #2, Greek, Persian
English
peg out
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English
come to Jesus
English
go/pass over to the other side
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English
breathe (one's) last
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English
drop off the perch
English
put on (one's) wooden overcoat
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English
put on (one's) concrete/cement shoes
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English
To breathe one's last
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English
bite the dust
English
go down for the third time
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English
give up the ghost
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English #1, #2, Greek, Persian
English
buy the farm
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English
cash in (one's) chips
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English #1, #2, Greek
Finnish
Poistua keskuudestamme
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English #1, #2
French
avaler son extrait de naissance
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French
Casser sa pipe
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French
lâcher la rampe
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French
manger les pissenlits par la racine
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German
die Radieschen von unten sehen
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German
zu nichts kommen
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German
"hops" gehen
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German
Sich die Radieschen von unten angucken
Greek
πάω στα θυμάρια/κυπαρίσσια
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Greek
μένω στον τόπο
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Greek
αποδημώ/εκδημώ εις Κύριον
Greek
λέω το ποίημα
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English #1, #2
Greek
αφήνω γεια
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Greek
μπαίνω στον λάκκο
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Greek
βλέπω τα ραδίκια ανάποδα
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Greek
τινάζω τα πέταλα
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Greek
πάω στον άλλο κόσμο
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Greek
παω για βρούβες
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Greek
ξοφλώ το κοινό χρέος
Greek
μεταναστεύω στον άλλο κόσμο
Greek
επιστρέφω στη μητέρα γη
Greek
εκμετρώ το ζην
Greek
Τα τίναξε τα πέταλα
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English #1, #2, Greek
Greek
κλείνω τα μάτια μου
Greek
συναντώ τον Κύριο
Greek (Ancient)
Αποδημώ εις Κύριον
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Hindi
रूह निकलना
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Hindi
इहलीला समाप्त होना।
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Hindi
निधन होना
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Hindi
स्वर्गवास होना
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Hindi
परलोक सिधारना
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Hindi
चोला छोड़ना
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Hindi
चल बसना
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Hindi
अंतिम साँस लेना
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Hindi
जाते रहना।
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Hindi
प्रभु को प्यारा होना।
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Hindi
धरती से उठ जाना।
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Hindi
बड़ा रास्ता पकड़ना।
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Hindi
टें बोलना।
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Hindi
जान से जाना
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Hindi
गंगा लाभ होना
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Hindi
गुज़र जाना
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Hindi
दम निकलना।
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Hindi
टॉय-टॉय फिस
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Italian
Tirare le cuoia
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Italian
mordere la polvere
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Italian
Andare a vedere l'erba dalla parte delle radici
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Japanese
逝去する
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Korean
눈 감다
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Korean #1, #2
Navajo
Deeteel yáábí'iisha' / Deeteel haya'iiką́
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Other
Chilin tazho
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Polish
gryźć piach
Polish
kopnąć w kalendarz
Polish
wydać ostatnie tchnienie
Polish
oddać ducha Bogu
Polish
gryźć ziemię
Polish
wyzionąć ducha
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Portuguese
morder o chão
Romanian
a da colţul
Romanian
A trece in lumea de dincolo... A trece pragul...
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Romanian
a da ortul popii
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Russian
отдать Богу душу
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Russian
испустить дух
Russian
сыграть в ящик
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Russian
Дать дуба
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Russian
Откинуть коньки
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Russian
Отбросил копыта
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Russian
Отойти в лучший мир
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Russian
Приказать долго жить
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Russian
Почить в бозе
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Russian
на ладан дышит
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Russian
Врезать дубаря
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Russian
Отдать концы
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Serbian
baciti kašiku
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Serbian
otići Bogu na istinu
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Serbian
otegnuti papke
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Spanish
Colgar los tenis
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Spanish
estirar la pata
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Spanish
Pasar a mejor vida/ Fallecer
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Spanish
Irse al otro barrio
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Turkish
Öteki tarafa göçmek
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Turkish
Tahtalı köye göçmek
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Turkish
Nalları Dikmek
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Turkish
vefat etti
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Turkish
Yaşamını yitirdi.
Turkish
Hayatını kaybetti.
Turkish
Hakkın rahmetine kavuşmak
Turkish
gocup gitmek
Turkish
toprak altina gitmek
Urdu
وفات پانا
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Meanings of "kick the bucket"

Arabic

تركل الصندوق -تموت

Explained by Fa Ri DaFa Ri Da on Tue, 24/01/2017 - 18:43
Explained by Fa Ri DaFa Ri Da
English

When someone "Kicks the bucket," it means that they have died. It's a familiar (almost jokingly) way to say it, and should not be said in very serious situations.

Explained by PlatinumSapphirePlatinumSapphire on Mon, 20/06/2016 - 03:56
Explained by PlatinumSapphirePlatinumSapphire
English

To pass away; to die

Explained by AlbanianaAlbaniana on Fri, 30/12/2016 - 23:49
Explained by AlbanianaAlbaniana
English

"to kick the bucket" simply means "to die". However, it is extremely coarse, even vulgar slang: It would never be used in a formal setting, and especially not within earshot of the family of the deceased, unless one wanted to be deliberately offensive!

There are many theories as to where this idiom comes from, but the OED (Oxford English Dictionary) discusses the following: A person standing on an upside-down pail or bucket with their head in a noose (slipknot) attached to something above him, in order to commit suicide by hanging himself would then kick the bucket out from under his feet so as to cause sudden strangulation and thus commit suicide.

However, the term nowadays does NOT in any way specifically imply death by suicide: it simply means to die, from whatever cause!

Explained by ibn as-sabilibn as-sabil on Thu, 23/02/2017 - 02:04
Explained by ibn as-sabilibn as-sabil
English

To expire

Explained by Ramesh MehtaRamesh Mehta on Thu, 04/10/2018 - 18:30
Explained by Ramesh MehtaRamesh Mehta
German

"to kick the bucket" bedeutet "sterben". Rein STILISTISCH aber entspricht der englische Ausdruck in etwa dem saloppen Ausdruck "krepieren" auf Deutsch.

Explained by ibn as-sabilibn as-sabil on Thu, 23/02/2017 - 02:29
Explained by ibn as-sabilibn as-sabil
Greek

Σημαίνει ότι εχουν πεθάνει.Χρεισιμοποιείται κυριως σαν αστείο και δεν θα έπρεπε να ειπωθεί σε σοβαρές συζητήσεις.

Explained by AsFreeAsTheSeaAsFreeAsTheSea on Fri, 29/07/2016 - 12:16
Explained by AsFreeAsTheSeaAsFreeAsTheSea
Polish

kopnąć w kalendarz, umrzeć

Explained by Kasia19160Kasia19160 on Wed, 10/04/2019 - 18:05
Explained by Kasia19160Kasia19160
Serbian

Umreti, otegnuti papke.

Explained by sajlovicnatasasajlovicnatasa on Mon, 01/05/2017 - 20:21
Explained by sajlovicnatasasajlovicnatasa
Turkish

Ölmek

Explained by rosemaryrosemary on Fri, 11/12/2020 - 11:01
Explained by rosemaryrosemary

"kick the bucket" in lyrics

Creepy Nuts - Hymn For Nightwalkers

Sucking up my youth day after day
Like a Succubus or an Incubus
I’ll kick the bucket in the near future
You took me along to the Saturday hangout

Jane Air - Junk

The chick looks like teen junkie
Takes fake "e" on the rave
It's easier to kick the bucket from that
than half a glass to get high

Creepy Nuts - For us Who Used to be Geniuses

I too am a galaxy that’s expanding on and on
Being a freshman all the way down to the very end
Failed to kick the bucket; I’ve made a comeback from the abyss
Gunfinger from the shade of the grass

Eve (Japan) - Insurgent

Ah, that’s right, they’re all just stupid
If I proclaim my worthless sense of justice,
I can’t go back anymore. They’re not going to just kick the bucket,
The mocking clown and the eyes of the prodigy.

Mata - Demoralized intellectuals

My homie wanted to spend his father's whole salary on drugs
but his old man was making too much.
He would kick the bucket trying.
My homie hung himself on New Year's Eve.

Nikos Xilouris - The ballad of mr. Mentios

 
And when a good night
I kick the bucket
and breathe my last

King Gnu - Lead Actor

aimlessly staggering across
bet your life on it
if you kick the bucket, it's the end
if you're not dead, don't speak about it

The Nightmare Before Christmas (OST) - This Is Halloween!

You say "one", you say "two" -
then your head falls from your shoulders.
You should kick the bucket with us, you can't avoid it.
You can scream, you can roar in the Kingdom of Halloween.

Kenshi Yonezu - Electric Shock

This sparkle that lasts only for a moment
Let’s eat it up, the two of us, until we kick the bucket
And good fortune, a prayer for ourselves

Mecano - A rose is a rose

And if because of this lover's grief
I was to kick the bucket
Do not send me flowers

French Folk - The Song of Craonne

For this infamous war
It's at Craonne on the plateau
That we must kick the bucket
Because we're all condemned

Las Tres Grandes - Death*

Death*1 is awfully mischievous
when we least expect it
we're ready to kick the bucket,
I escaped from her once

  • 1. look for the asterisk in the "author's comments" for more information.

K.I.Z. - Honorless

She says she cheated on me?
Whatever, I put it 10 to 1
Grandpa suffers agony, Grandpa will kick the bucket due to cancer
I'm in Kit Kat(1) and I forgot his pain pills

Kostas Varnalis - The ballad of mr. Mentios

And when a good night
I kick the bucket
and breathe my last

Alyona Shvets - Loser

Oh come on, it's not a big deal.
Apologies are accepted.
I’ll just kick the bucket here, in this damn St. Pet.
Unloved and ugly, like democracy in Russia.

BADBOK - Putin (A Song About Putin's Death)

İf he can't do it himself Why don't somebody help him?
Kick the bucket
Kick the bucket

Koko - 22s

Huntin' a good vibe
At the baddest times
I'd kick the bucket just
To see the other side

Daniel Balavoine - The singer

And by then I will be old
So I'll kick the bucket
I'll look for a God

Eminem - Berzerk

So, baby, make just like K-Fed
And let yourself go, let yourself go
Say "Fuck it!" before we kick the bucket
Life's too short to not go for broke

Daniel Balavoine - The Singer

So then I'll be old
And I can kick the bucket
I'll search for a God