“From this parallel data, we update the models,” said Salim Roukos, an I.B.M. researcher in language-related technology at its T.J. Watson Laboratory in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., home of the n.Fluent project. “You want to learn the idiomatic expressions — when you say someone has kicked the bucket, you don’t want that translated word for word.”
kick the bucket
Die, as in All of my goldfish kicked the bucket while we were on vacation. This moderately impolite usage has a disputed origin. Some say it refers to committing suicide by hanging, in which one stands on a bucket, fastens a rope around one's neck, and kicks the bucket away. A more likely origin is the use of bucket in the sense of "a beam from which something may be suspended" because pigs were suspended by their heels from such beams after being slaughtered, the term kick the bucket came to mean "to die." [Colloquial; late 1700s]
By EVAN RAILAfter crossing off bucket-list items like exploring the cathedral and crawling through legendary Kölsch pubs, focus on the city's new shops, restaurants and hotels.
A list of things to do before you die. Comes from the term "kicked the bucket".
十本Book Bucket List
- A list of things to accomplish before one's death. [Circa 2007]
- 2010, Annalisa Daughety, Love Is Grand, unnumbered page,
- 2010, Russell Andresen, Are You Kosher?: Memoirs of a Jewish Vampire, page 159,
- 2011, Erieka, Sandy Rodgers, Erieka's Magical Realism, page 20,
- Used other than as an idiom: see bucket, list.