The Testaments by Margaret Atwood:
“Why is it called that?”
“It’s from ‘kick the bucket,’” said Jade. “It’s just a saying.” Then, seeing our puzzled looks, she continued. “I think it’s from when they used to hang people from trees. They’d make them stand on a bucket and then hang them, and their feet would kick, and naturally they would kick the bucket. Just my guess.”
“That’s not how we hang people here,” said Becka.