bucket

[ buhk-it ]SEE DEFINITION OF bucket

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BUCKET

The bucket is perforated at the bottom, and being elevated, the oil drains off.

The men were drinking out of a bucket that flashed in the sun.

Then she picked one of the knives from the bucket and handed it to him.

Presently she filled a cup from the bucket beside her and handed it to Donald.

They still carry the bucket and the pole, hoping yet dreading to meet their parents.

"My speech is to get back to work, and I'll do the same," said the boy, returning to his bucket.

The man with the bucket became exhausted, and I relieved him.

In her turn she seized a bucket, and emptied it over Gervaise.

Each of them carried a bucket of cool water, which he had to use very savingly.

Yes, he had got to the point when a fellow kicks the bucket declaring that he's quite well.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., from Anglo-French buquet "bucket, pail," from Old French buquet "bucket," which is from a Germanic source, or a diminutive of cognate Old English buc "pitcher, bulging vessel," originally "belly" (buckets were formerly of leather as well as wood), both from West Germanic *buh- (cf. Dutch buik, Old High German buh, German Bauch "belly"), from PIE *bhou-, variant of root *bheu- "to grow, swell" (see be).

Kick the bucket "to die" (1785) perhaps is from unrelated Old French buquet "balance," a beam from which slaughtered animals were hung; perhaps reinforced by the notion of suicide by hanging after standing on an upturned bucket (but Farmer calls attention to bucket "a Norfolk term for a pulley").

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BUCKET

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verbdrop water or other substance
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