bucket list

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Used other than as an idiom: see bucket, list.

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  • From kick the bucket + list, hence a “list of things to do before you die”. The term was coined by American and British screenwriter Justin Zackham in his screenplay for the 2007 film The Bucket List. Zackham had created his own list called “Justin’s List of Things to Do Before I Kick the Bucket” which he then shortened to “Justin’s Bucket List”. The first item on his list was to have a screenplay produced at a major Hollywood studio. After a time, it occurred to him that the notion of a “bucket list” could itself be fodder for a film, so he wrote a screenplay about two dying men racing to complete their own bucket lists with the time they had left. Articles about the movie are the earliest known uses.
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As it processes elements on a bucket list, a processor sets their node flags to 1.

Submitted on July 07, 2010

Additional definitions for 'bucket list':

bucket listA list of things to accomplish before one's death. [Circa 2007]
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