down for the count

idiom
variants: or out for the count

Definition of down for the count

of a boxer
: knocked down and unable to get up again before the referee counts to 10 The boxer was down for the count. often used figuratively The company is in trouble and may be about to go down for the count.I was really sleepy and two minutes after getting into bed, I was out for the count.

Comments on down for the count

What made you want to look up down for the count? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to make a temporary encampment

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!