The saying " he's tailed it" meaning he's died, where did it originate anyone?

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Postby mayslass » Thu 27 Feb, 2014 11:53 am

Anybody here know the answer to this question which is a bit bewildering?
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Postby jim » Thu 27 Feb, 2014 1:15 pm

Don't know how long the saying has been in use, but they did say that aircraft tail gunners were at the greatest danger of death in wartime. Might there be a connection?    
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Postby Johnny39 » Thu 27 Feb, 2014 1:19 pm

mayslass wrote:
Anybody here know the answer to this question which is a bit bewildering?


Hi "mayslass", I never associated the term with dying but we used the expression with regard to running away from someone or something. It was usually preceded by the word "high", as in "high tailed it". That's not to say the term that someone has died is wrong.
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Postby j.c.d. » Thu 27 Feb, 2014 2:20 pm

In Leeds the expression "Tailed 'em" was and still is to say that he or she has died. i always thought that it wa linked to "Tail end", as in tail end of the queue but as said earlier the tail gunner in bomber aircraft was the mot dangerous position.    sadly i am getting to hear this expression more and more recently.

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Postby Jogon » Thu 27 Feb, 2014 11:26 pm

Don't know of that one
"Shook a seven" (as in not on the dice) or "kicked the bucket", "fell off perch" most common to my peers.
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Postby Leodian » Fri 28 Feb, 2014 12:07 am

'Tailed it' seems new to me also. 'Pegged it' is another expression for someone who has died.
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Postby LS1 » Fri 28 Feb, 2014 9:30 am

Jogon wrote:
Don't know of that one
"Shook a seven" (as in not on the dice) or "kicked the bucket", "fell off perch" most common to my peers.


I thought to "shake a seven" or "throw a seven" meant to go to heaven as in heaven /seven rhyming.
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Postby jim » Fri 28 Feb, 2014 11:19 am

"Thrown a seven" may refer to dice games such as craps, where two dice are used.

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Postby Steve Jones » Fri 28 Feb, 2014 12:07 pm

"Pegged out" derives from cribbage.I must admit I had never heard "tailed it" until this thread.
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Postby tilly » Fri 28 Feb, 2014 8:50 pm

One I remember is popped his clogs Has in did you know so and so popped his glogs anyone else heard this.?
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