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What are the metaphorical ways to say that someone has died?

For example "He has gone to the far country where he will be happy for ages".

P.S. There is this question, but it focuses on mentioning the person, while this question is more about mentioning the fact.


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This should be community wiki. –  b.roth Mar 24 '11 at 14:51
    
@Bruno: not sure. Creativity questions clearly should be, but not all synonyms question need to be. This one is sort of borderline… –  F'x Mar 24 '11 at 14:54
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I believe the word you're looking for is "euphemism" –  zzzzBov Mar 24 '11 at 18:05

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Courtesy of Monty Python:

It's passed on! This parrot is no more! It has ceased to be! It's expired and gone to meet its maker! This is a late parrot! It's a stiff! Bereft of life, it rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed him to the perch he would be pushing up the daisies! Its metabolical processes are of interest only to historians! It's hopped the twig! It's shuffled off this mortal coil! It's run down the curtain and joined the choir invisible! This.... is an ex-parrot!

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You're evil, you know. –  Marthaª Mar 24 '11 at 15:02
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@Martha @Reg I clicked on this question to post exactly the same :))) –  mplungjan Mar 24 '11 at 15:08
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Plus one for the Pythons. –  Yitzchak Mar 24 '11 at 16:11
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For the full effect: youtu.be/npjOSLCR2hE –  Callithumpian Mar 24 '11 at 22:20

The Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus has: pass away, pass on, lose one's life, breathe one's last, meet one's end, meet one's death, lay down one's life, go the way of all flesh, go to one's last resting place, go to meet one's maker, cross the great divide, slip away, depart this life.

In addition, it includes informal expressions: give up the ghost, kick the bucket, croak, buy it, turn up one's toes, cash in one's chips, bite the big one, check out, buy the farm.

And then there's the upbeat "gone on ahead" or "gone on to the next life".

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best answer imho –  n0nChun Mar 24 '11 at 20:31
    
"snuffed it"... –  rmx Mar 28 '11 at 14:25

From the movie "Patch Adams"

Hunter Patch Adams: Death. To die. To expire. To pass on. To perish. To peg out. To push up daisies. To push up posies. To become extinct. Curtains, deceased, Demised, departed And defunct. Dead as a doornail. Dead as a herring. Dead as a mutton. Dead as nits. The last breath. Paying a debt to nature. The big sleep. God's way of saying, Slow down.

Bill Davis: To check out.

Hunter Patch Adams: To shuffle off this mortal coil.

Bill Davis: To head for the happy hunting ground.

Hunter Patch Adams: To blink for an exceptionally long period of time.

Bill Davis: To find oneself without breath.

Hunter Patch Adams: To be the incredible decaying man.

Bill Davis: Worm buffet.

Hunter Patch Adams: Kick the bucket.

Bill Davis: Buy the farm.

Hunter Patch Adams: Take the cab.

Bill Davis: Cash in your chips.

Hunter Patch Adams: And if we bury you ass up, I have got a place to park my bike.

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There's a fairly exhaustive list at http://www.bored.com/deathslang/.

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That's a pretty exhaustive list, but it has verbs for 'to die' mixed in with the synonyms for 'death' itself. –  Jared Updike Mar 25 '11 at 0:52

In the novel The Godfather, one of the crime families receives a fish wrapped in a slain character's bulletproof vest. The meaning is explained by another character: "The fish means that Luca Brasi is sleeping on the bottom of the ocean." The meaning is both literal and allegorical. In the film, this line is changed to the more concise (and celebrated) "sleeps with the fishes."

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For some reason, the pastor at our church insists on saying that someone has "graduated" (to heaven).

Made for a heart-stopping moment when he made an announcement about the 7 high-school seniors that had graduated that week :)

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Or "was graduated from life," as some odd sticklers insist. –  Sven Yargs Oct 12 at 21:13

A favorite in some parts of Canada: "Had the Biscuit".

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My favorite is "He is taking a dirt nap".

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