[Ads-l] antedating "kick the bucket"

Peter Morris peter_morris_1 at BLUEYONDER.CO.UK
Sun Sep 13 23:20:39 UTC 2015

According to my researches, looking on variouas word origin websites, the 
earliest known cite for "kick the bucket" is Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue 
(1785). I've found a few examples before that.

1784:   http://tinyurl.com/p7sdphu

1780:   http://tinyurl.com/qegzt28

1775:  http://tinyurl.com/q8eaxqt

1774:  http://tinyurl.com/pjypyes 

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