What does ‘It’s on my bucket list’ mean?

The idiom ‘bucket list’ means a list of things that you want to do before you die.

So if somebody says ‘It’s on my bucket list’, they are talking about a thing they would like try at least once in their lifetime. This thing is something that people don’t usually do in their everyday lives, for example, go sky-diving, go to a live-concert, or travel to a far off place.

So how do you use this idiom?

The idiom ‘bucket list’ is often used together with ‘on’ by saying something is ‘on (my) bucket list’.

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Here are some examples using ‘bucket list’:

Going to a live Broadway show is on my bucket list.

I’ve always wanted to go to Tahiti. I guess I’ll have to add that to my bucket list.

I’m going to take my boyfriend to a Formula One race for his birthday, it’s something he said was on his bucket list.

The idiom ‘bucket list’ comes from the idiom ‘kick the bucket’, which is a slang phrase meaning to die.

However, ‘bucket’ is also used in other idioms not connected to death, for example, ‘a drop in the bucket’ (=a very small amount) or ‘to bucket down’ (=to rain heavily).

So what’s on your bucket list?

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