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’.
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?