Idiom of the week
30. Kick the bucket
"Hey, what's that behind your ear, George?"
"Eh? What? Oh, it must be some soil."
"Been rolling around in the mud again have we? Aren't you a bit old for that?"
"Very funny. I was digging a grave actually."
"Eh? Who died?"
"Not who, you prat. What? Our rabbit. Kicked the bucket last night, so I have to go out and dig a grave this morning before going to work."
"I bet that was fun."
"You're not joking. Have you ever tried digging the garden when it's minus God-knows-what outside?"
"I can't say that I have actually."
"Well, Beryl and Sharon were crying their eyes out, I hurt my foot stamping on the spade, the dam rabbit was too big to fit in the hole, so I had to dig it deeper. Altogether, not a nice start to the week really."
"Poor chap. A toast to poor old bugsy."
Explanation: To die.
Notes: This idiom refers to a person who kills himself. He stands on an unturned bucket, puts a rope round his neck, hangs it round a high object and pulls on it until he is on tiptoe. He then ties it securely and kicks the bucket from under him, hanging himself.