View Poll Results: If someone is six feet under,

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    Default Six feet under

    You can check the definition of this idiom here.

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    Default Re: Six feet under

    a terrible show has the same name....

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    Default Re: Six feet under

    I don't want to be six feet under yet. I'm too young to be.

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    Angry Re: Six feet under

    to pop off or be a goner

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    Default Re: Six feet under

    another good american english idiom for that would be to buy a farm, or simply, to buy it. for example: he bought it during a skirmish with the jerries. also, when somebody dies, they croak. to give up the ghost, to kick the bucket, to fall off one's perch, to bite the dust, to pop one's clogs - all of these idioms mean to die in colloquial american & canadian english. i'm sure brits, aussies, and kiwies if not use, then are at least familiar with the expressions.

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    Default Re: Six feet under

    six feet under - is this idiom used formal or informal ( colloquial) speech?

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    Default Re: Six feet under

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    I don't want to be six feet under yet. I'm too young to be.
    You don't want and you won't, even if you reach 100 years old.

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    Default Re: Six feet under

    And another one: 'He's pushing up the daisies" (Pushing up the daisies - Idiom Definition - UsingEnglish.com ) Same idea.

    But why 6 feet? I've heard it said that a scavenging animal could smell a rotting corpse in a shallower grave, but I'm not sure about that.

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    Default Re: Six feet under

    Because it is the traditional depth of a human grave in the culture(s) of origin and usage of the idiom.

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    I learn it from a name of a TV drama

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