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Idiom
kick the bucket
fall off the perch
shuffle off one's mortal coil
 
 
Meaning
to die
 
 
Usage
He got married for the first time when he was sixty five and kicked the bucket three weeks later.
 
 
Story
The expression fall off the perch describes what happens to a dead bird.
 
 
Story
The phrase kick the bucket refers to the killing of animals for food. They were hung from a wooden frame (the bucket) which they would kick as they were dying.
 
 
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