jo's thread inspired me to wonder how we would do at coming up with euphemisms from Shakespeare. I'll start the ball rolling with
[according to some authorities, slang for "brothel"]
Lady Macbeth "this night's great business" (referring to murder)
Macbeth: "Out, out, brief candle!" on the shortness of life
"Come not between the dragon and his wrath."
don't get in my way!
and more Lear: And let not women's weapon's, waterdrops - Tears
Hmmm. Both of those phrases could be taken another way.
Now, this is surely not a euphemism, but it again is a Shakespeare quote that relates to death: "dead as a doornail"
I imagine we could start a whole thread about death quotes from Shakespeare!