There's a magnificent discussion in the archives
Posted by Word Camel on October 18, 2002
In Reply to: DEATH idioms posted by Anastasia on October 18, 2002
: I am interested very much in any idioms concerning death, especially the origination of such idioms as:
: to dance the Paddington frisk/Tyburn jig/, to go west, to take a back number, to ride the mare, etc.