I'm writing a piece on funerals (don't ask why...) and while writing, I wanted to use the words "death," "dying," and "dead" as little as possible. I could easily think of several euphemisms and idioms for the aforementioned but wanted to find a few other terms and phrases. So, of course, I Googled it and came up with several interesting options. It seems to me that mystery writers might find this useful, even though this list is far from complete..
Dirt Nap, Worm Food, Go Into The Fertilizer Business, Sleeping With Fishes, Six Feet Under, Kicked The Bucket, Pushing Up Daisies, At Room Temperature, Bought The Farm, Rubbed Out, Snuffed Out, Checked Out, Tits Up, Buying a pine condo.
ONE WORD TERMS:Expired, Demised, Passed, Succumbed, Deceased, Departed, Taken, Perished.
Danced the last dance, Gone into the West, Bought a one-way ticket, Gave up the ghost, Joined the invisible choir, Shuffled off the mortal coil, With his ancesters.
Crossed the River Styx, Wandering the Elysian Fields, Paid Charon's fare.
GENTLE TERMS:Resting in peace, Asleep, Gone to meet their maker, That goodnight, In a better place, Going to the eternal reward, Breathed his last.