Phrase used to say someone is dead or has deceased. Term is derived from when suicides were common by a person preparing to hang themself, and used a bucket to stand on, and then kicked the bucket when suicide was desired.
Ole' Charlie kicked the bucket today, we better prepare for his funeral.
by izytang November 17, 2003
To die, sometimes to commit suicide.
Implies the kicking out of a bucket from beneath yourself with a noose round your neck, to hang yourself. nice.
Can also be used just for general death, or a social/career suicide (faux pas)
"grandma kicked the bucket last tuesday"

"he really kicked the bucket with THAT one"
by feck_arse December 23, 2005
Dying. Ending up dead. Turning into a corpse.
My uncle John ended up kicking the bucket last week, have to go to his shitty funeral tomorrow.
by Jackledead October 27, 2013
The actual origin of the term is from England, and began in the later middle ages. A corpse would be laid out, and a bucket of holy water placed at its feet. Visitors could then sprinkle the deceased with Holy Water. Other explanations (suicide, execution) came later to explain an idiom, of which the origin of the term had ceased, mainly as a result of the English reformation.
"To Kick the Bucket" is explained by Bishop Abbot Horne in 1949, in his booklet "Relics of Popery" Catholic Truth Society. He adds "Many other explanations of this saying have been given by persons who are unaquainted with Catholic Custom"
by Dr Michael Foster October 3, 2007
One of many synonyms for "die".
"My grandma died on May 12th of 2000. She was gonna try to hold off until May 17th, which was when my grandpa died, but ultimately she kicked the bucket."
-me
by Dave September 27, 2004
Pigs to be slaughtered are bled, that is the blood is drained from the body. One way this is accomplished is to hang the pig upside down from a bar (by one foot) that used to be known as a "buchet," a French word for it. The pig's throat was cut or opened with a sharp spike, and it would rapidly be bled. In its death throes, it would always kick the buchet.
by Lorn A. W. August 15, 2004