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02 / 10 / 2008

KICK EXPRESSIONS-3: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Today we finish our look at English expressions with the word kick.

Today's first expression is: to kick the bucket

Meaning: a very informal way of saying to die. It is sometimes used with machines.

Example 1
Her old dog finally kicked the bucket.

Example 2
He has been driving that car for at least 25 years, but yesterday it kicked the bucket. Now he has to buy a new one.

Today's second expression is: to kick somebody when they are down

Meaning: to continue to hurt someone when they are already defeated.

Example 3
The press (Spanish = prensa) is known for kicking people when they're down. Sometimes they can be very cruel.

Example 4
His wife left him last month and I don't want to kick him when he's down, but we simply don't have any more work to offer him.

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