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 for To kick the bucket
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Kick \Kick\ (k[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kicked (k[i^]kt); p.
     pr. & vb. n. Kicking.] [W. cicio, fr. cic foot.]
     1. To strike, thrust, or hit violently with the foot; as, a
        horse kicks a groom; a man kicks a dog.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              He [Frederick the Great] kicked the shins of his
              judges.                               --Macaulay.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. To evict or remove from a place or position, usually with
        out or off; as, they kicked him off the staff; he was
        kicked out of the restaurant; the landlord kicked them out
        of the apartment for making too much noise.
        [PJC]
  
     3. (Sport) To score (goals or points) by kicking; as, they
        kicked three field goals in the game.
        [PJC]
  
     4. To discontinue; -- usually used of habitual activities;
        as, to kick a habit; he kicked his drug habit.
        [PJC]
  
     To kick the beam, to fit up and strike the beam; -- said of
        the lighter arm of a loaded balance; hence, to be found
        wanting in weight. --Milton.
  
     To kick the bucket, to lose one's life; to die. [Colloq. &
        Low]
  
     To kick oneself, to experience strong regret; as, he kicked
        himself for not investing in the stock market in 1995.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bucket \Buck"et\, n. [OE. boket; cf. AS. buc pitcher, or Corn.
     buket tub.]
     1. A vessel for drawing up water from a well, or for
        catching, holding, or carrying water, sap, or other
        liquids.
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              The old oaken bucket, the iron-bound bucket,
              The moss-covered bucket, which hung in the well.
                                                    --Wordsworth.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. A vessel (as a tub or scoop) for hoisting and conveying
        coal, ore, grain, etc.
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     3. (Mach.) One of the receptacles on the rim of a water wheel
        into which the water rushes, causing the wheel to revolve;
        also, a float of a paddle wheel.
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     4. The valved piston of a lifting pump.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     5. (Mach.) one of vanes on the rotor of a turbine.
        [PJC]
  
     6. (Mach.) a bucketfull.
        [PJC]
  
     Fire bucket, a bucket for carrying water to put out fires.
        
  
     To kick the bucket, to die. [Low]
        [1913 Webster]

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