down for the count

idiomatic phrase

variants or out 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.

Examples of down for the count in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brita might've fallen on stage during a recent performance, but the RuPaul's Drag Race season 12 star isn't down for the count this Pride season. EW.com, 13 June 2024 Nevin not down for the count Mateo is on the roster, but there are still one or two infield spots left to claim. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 22 Mar. 2024 The Wisconsin men’s hockey team refused to go down for the count Saturday. Journal Sentinel, 27 Jan. 2024 But Jack and the DWL may not be down for the count just yet. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 29 Sep. 2023 By then, Spirit could be down for the count and the airline industry will have contracted. Stephen Moore, National Review, 23 Jan. 2024 Concern grew that the fabulous invalid, as the theater has long been dubbed, might be down for the count. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 4 Dec. 2023 While soccer’s audience has skyrocketed, linear TV generally crashed, leaving sports TV networks on the ropes, down for the count, and getting knocked out. Aden Ikram, Fortune, 29 Sep. 2023 But the end result, also serving as Pine’s directorial debut, goes tonally off the rails from the start and proceeds to hit bottom with excruciating momentum, dragging a game ensemble, including Annette Bening, Danny DeVito and Jennifer Jason Leigh, down for the count. Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of down for the count was in 1900

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“Down for the count.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/down%20for%20the%20count. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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