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.

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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Cite this Entry

“Down for the count.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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