Why does the phrase “kick the bucket” mean to die?

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Why does the phrase “kick the bucket” mean to die?

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Other than criminals hanging themselves, there is another meaning to the phrase. In England, the word bucket also meant “a beam or yoke used to hang or carry things”. When they hung animals up on a wooden frame to slaughter them, the frame was called a bucket. Obviously, the animals would kick and struggle, thus coming the phrase “kick the bucket”.

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