這片語來自成語 "to kick the bucket" (死去；撒手人寰)，後者至少在 1785 年就已存在。這片語因著名好萊塢影星傑克尼克遜 (Jack Nicholson) 和摩根費里曼 (Morgan Freeman) 主演的電影《一路玩到掛》(The Bucket List) 而聲名大噪，被廣為使用。
The New York City Marathon's 2010 theme — "I'm in. We're in" — is meant to convey that "everybody can be in," said race director Mary Wittenberg, who is expecting 45,000 runners for Sunday's event...Such inclusion has, for several years, extended to celebrities. Roker, an unlikely long-distance runner, put the marathon on his "bucket list."
—John Jeansonne, "New York Marathon takes the bucket list crowd," The Toronto Star, November 3, 2010
According to Wayne Hasson, president of Aggressor Fleet, whale watchers can slip into the water there and snorkel with the 10- to 12-foot calves as their mothers watch from 40 feet below. 'The baby will dive down and come back up to the surface,' Mr. Hasson said. 'It's one of those things you have to put on your bucket list.'
—Allison Busacca, "6 Action Adventures in the Caribbean," The New York Times, November 7, 2010