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    Hi!

    I would like to know what other idioms there are for "to die".
    So far I have: To kick the bucket & To put a spoon in the wall.
    What others are there?

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    Default Re: Death and Dying idioms

    Here are a few more:
    to be pushing up (the) daisies (= to be dead)

    to croak/to snuff it
    to (go to) meet one's Maker (= to die)

    What do you need all these idioms for?
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    Default Re: Death and Dying idioms

    For more, Google "Monty Python Parrot Sketch' (which features a dead parrot, described in various ways).

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    PS: It's on YouTube. The relevant part is from about 2'20"-2'50" - YouTube - Monty Python's Dead Parrot Sketch

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    Default Re: Death and Dying idioms

    Pushing up daisies
    Lookin' at the other side of the grass
    Bought the farm
    Keel over

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    Default Re: Death and Dying idioms

    Humorous:

    To buy the farm and all the accessories.
    To give up the ghost.
    To be dead as a doornail.
    To be six feet under.


    Serious:

    To pass on.
    To pass away.
    To go to one's reward.
    To go to be with the Lord.

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    Default Re: Death and Dying idioms

    bite the dust, buy the farm, check out, cross over, expire, succumb, give up the ghost, pass, pass away, pass on, be no more, cease to be, go to meet one's maker, be a stiff, push up the daisies, hop off the twig, kick the bucket, shuffle off this mortal coil, join the choir invisible

    source: die - Wiktionary

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    Default Re: Death and Dying idioms

    It's interesting that three contributors have mentioned 'bought the farm' but nobody's mentioned the allusive abbreviation (which I associate with RAF pilots, particularly in the Battle of Britain, but which has remained current in Br English: 'He's bought it').

    A euphemism that I met in the '70s, when I hitched a ride with a mercenary, is 'account for' (which means kill not die).

    (Irrelevant reminiscence: He didn't say he was a mercenary; he said he was a soldier. But when I said 'It's not every soldier that drives a car like this' he said 'It's not every soldier that fights as hard as I do'. I didn't pursue the matter. )

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