Definition of hand in one's dinner pail in US English:

hand in one's dinner pail


  • Die.

    ‘old Syd handed in his dinner pail over twenty-five years ago’
    • ‘So when the only other occupant of his hotel (future film producer Chuck Mulvell) hands in his dinner pail, Locke decides to switch places with the dead man and take over his life.’
    • ‘I am now very confused about whether, when the time comes to hand in my dinner pail, my estate's tax bill is going to be greater or smaller than if I were run over by the proverbial bus tomorrow.’
    • ‘He remarked that it would probably be the last car he buys until he gives up driving or, in his words, ‘hands in his dinner pail’.’
    • ‘I have six aunts - my father has six sisters - and none of them have handed in their dinner pails, but that is incidental.’
    pass away, pass on, lose one's life, depart this life, expire, breathe one's last, draw one's last breath, meet one's end, meet one's death, lay down one's life, be no more, perish, be lost, go the way of the flesh, go the way of all flesh, go to glory, go to one's last resting place, go to meet one's maker, cross the great divide, cross the styx
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