- any of the scoops attached to or forming the endless chain in certain types of conveyors or elevators.
- the scoop or clamshell of a steam shovel, power shovel, or dredge.
- a vane or blade of a waterwheel, paddle wheel, water turbine, or the like.
- Informal. field goal.
- the part of the keyhole extending from the foul line to the end line.
verb (used with object), buck·et·ed, buck·et·ing.
verb (used without object), buck·et·ed, buck·et·ing.
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Idioms for bucket
Origin of bucket
regional variation note for bucket
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British Dictionary definitions for kick the bucket
verb -kets, -keting or -keted
Word Origin for bucket
Cultural definitions for kick the bucket
To die: “Scarcely anyone was sorry when the old tyrant finally kicked the bucket.”
Idioms and Phrases with kick the bucket (1 of 2)
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)
see drop in the bucket; kick the bucket; rain cats and dogs (buckets); weep buckets.