kick the bucket
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Usage note
This idiom may be literally translated as "patear el balde."
kick the bucket
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(idiom) (to die)
a. estirar la pata
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(idiom)
The dog is old, blind, and in constant pain. It's time for it to kick the bucket.El perro está viejo, ciego y tiene dolor constante. Es hora que estire la pata.
b. colgar los tenis
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(idiom)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Henry lived a crazy life and kicked the bucket at age 27.Henry vivió una vida loca y colgó los tenis a la edad de 27.
c. colgar los guayos
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(idiom)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
I want to visit all the continents before I kick the bucket.Quiero visitar todos los continentes antes de colgar los guayos.
d. palmar
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
It smells awful! Who kicked the bucket?¡Huele horrible! ¿Quién palmó?
e. patear el balde
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(idiom)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
The old lady kicked the bucket. - Don't talk that way about your grandmother!La vieja pateó el balde. - ¡No hables así sobre tu abuela!
f. pelar el bollo
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(idiom)
Regionalism used in Panama
(Panama)
Last week my truck kicked the bucket after twenty years.La semana pasada mi camioneta peló el bollo después de veinte años.
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