One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘‘You must excuse me,’ croaked the old woman’
rasp, squawk, caw, crow, wheeze, gasp, choke, hack, hawk, bark, cough
speak hoarsely, speak huskily, speak throatily, speak harshly, speak thickly
2‘the dog finally croaked in 1987’
die, 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
give up the ghost, kick the bucket, bite the dust, flatline, conk out, buy it, turn up one's toes, cash in one's chips, go belly up, shuffle off this mortal coil, go the way of the dinosaurs
push up the daisies, be six feet under
British snuff it, peg out, pop one's clogs, hop the stick, hop the twig
North American bite the big one, buy the farm, check out, hand in one's dinner pail
NZ Australian go bung
1‘her voice emerged as a dry croak’
rasp, wheeze, gasp, bark, hack, cough
caw, squawk, cackle, clack, cluck
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