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To die with your boots on.

Posted by JaneS on January 19, 2001

In Reply to: To die with your boots on. posted by ESC on January 17, 2001

: : Where did the saying "die with your boots on" come from and what does it mean.

: This probably comes from the old West. If you died sick and/or old, you died in your bed with your boots off. If you died in a gunfight, you died with your boots on.

I've also heard it used to describe someone who worked every single day of their lives. But, I like the gunfighter meaning best!