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.

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Idioms for bucket

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 for bucket

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 kick 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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Cultural definitions for kick the bucket

kick the bucket

To die: “Scarcely anyone was sorry when the old tyrant finally kicked the bucket.”

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Idioms and Phrases with kick the bucket (1 of 2)

kick the bucket

Die, as in All of my goldfish kicked the bucket while we were on vacation. This moderately impolite usage has a disputed origin. Some say it refers to committing suicide by hanging, in which one stands on a bucket, fastens a rope around one's neck, and kicks the bucket away. A more likely origin is the use of bucket in the sense of “a beam from which something may be suspended” because pigs were suspended by their heels from such beams after being slaughtered, the term kick the bucket came to mean “to die.” [Colloquial; late 1700s]

Idioms and Phrases with kick 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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