Posted by: helpforyourenglish | January 19, 2011

Idioms: Kick the bucket, dead to the world

Idioms are expressions that have a different meaning from the single words in them, so you have to learn the meaning of an idiom and remember to always think of that idiom as that meaning and not the meaning of the single words in the idiom.

Here are two informal idioms. They sound strange but they are common.

Kick the bucket = die

Mr Smith kicked the bucket last night = Mr Smith died last night

Dead to the world = sleeping very deeply, fast asleep

“Did you hear that strange noise last night?”

“No. I didn’t hear anything. I was dead to the world.”

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