(idiomatic, colloquial) Of a machine, to break down such that it cannot be repaired.
I think my sewing machine has kicked the bucket.
Origin of kick-the-bucket
- The OED describes as more plausible the archaic use of "bucket" as a beam from which a pig is hung by its feet prior to being slaughtered. To kick the bucket, then, originally signified the pig's death throes;