bucket

[ buhk-it ]
/ ˈbʌk ɪt /

noun

verb (used with object), buck·et·ed, buck·et·ing.

verb (used without object), buck·et·ed, buck·et·ing.

Informal. to move or drive fast; hurry.

Idioms

Origin of bucket

1250–1300; Middle English buket < Anglo-French < Old English bucc (variant of būc vessel, belly; cognate with German Bauch) + Old French -et -et

Regional variation note

Though both bucket and pail are used throughout the entire U.S., pail has its greatest use in the Northern U.S., and bucket is more commonly used elsewhere, especially in the Midland and Southern U.S.
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British Dictionary definitions for drop in the bucket

bucket

/ (ˈbʌkɪt) /

noun

verb -kets, -keting or -keted

Word Origin for bucket

C13: from Anglo-French buket, from Old English būc; compare Old High German būh belly, German Bauch belly
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Word Origin and History for drop in the bucket

bucket


n.

mid-13c., from Anglo-French buquet "bucket, pail," from Old French buquet "bucket," which is from a Germanic source, or a diminutive of cognate Old English buc "pitcher, bulging vessel," originally "belly" (buckets were formerly of leather as well as wood), both from West Germanic *buh- (cf. Dutch buik, Old High German buh, German Bauch "belly"), from PIE *bhou-, variant of root *bheu- "to grow, swell" (see be).

Kick the bucket "to die" (1785) perhaps is from unrelated Old French buquet "balance," a beam from which slaughtered animals were hung; perhaps reinforced by the notion of suicide by hanging after standing on an upturned bucket (but Farmer calls attention to bucket "a Norfolk term for a pulley").

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Idioms and Phrases with drop in the bucket (1 of 2)

drop in the bucket


A very small quantity, especially one that is too small. For example, These contributions are just a drop in the bucket; the new church wing will cost thousands more. John Wycliffe's followers used this seemingly modern phrase in their translation of the Bible (1382), and it also appears in the 1611 King James version (Isaiah 40:15): “Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance.”

Idioms and Phrases with drop in the bucket (2 of 2)

bucket


see drop in the bucket; kick the bucket; rain cats and dogs (buckets); weep buckets.

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