count out

counted out; counting out; counts out

Definition of count out

transitive verb

1 : to not include (someone) in an activity If you are looking for people to help you clean the house today, count me out.
2 : to decide that (someone or something) cannot win or succeed Don't count out our team just yet. They could still win.
3 : to count (a certain number of items to be separated from a quantity one is holding) He counted out ten tickets and handed them to her.
4 : to signal the knockout of (a boxer who is down) by completing an audible count of 10 seconds before the boxer rises

First Known Use of count out

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Count out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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