take the count

idiomatic phrase

of a boxer
: to lose by a knockout : to be counted out
McAlinden was outrageous with some of his wild hay-makers against Dunn before he took the count.Tim Mo

Examples of take the count in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lens wise, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini are expected to have two lenses (the main camera and a wide-angle camera), while the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will come with an telephoto lens to take the count to three. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'take the count.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of take the count was in 1895

Dictionary Entries Near take the count

Cite this Entry

“Take the count.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20the%20count. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on take the count

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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