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Dickens greeted the crowd, gave a few tips and instructions, then led us in a countdown from ten to one.
From Will Ferrell crashing a World Cup rally to a cliff dive Slip ‘n Slide, WATCH our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.Will Ferrell Soccer Speech, Cliff Dive Slip ‘N Slides, and More Viral Videos|Alex Chancey|June 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
From Kimmel and Kanye burying the hatchet to a telekinetic coffee shop surprise, WATCH our countdown.‘We Can’t Stop’ a Cappella, Coffee Shop Telekinesis & More Viral Videos|Natasha Bach|October 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Countdown is on, but, as Kate knows, babies come when they are ready...Kate's Last Day of Work Tomorrow Suggests Early July Due Date|Tom Sykes|June 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Or did I remember them creating a countdown calendar to the release date?‘Great Gatsby’ Reviewers Divided: Is Baz Luhrmann a Good Director?|Kevin Fallon|May 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It was like the countdown for a rocket firing, Rick thought.
Although attentive, he was not tense, even during the countdown.Subspace Survivors|E. E. Smith
From the loud-speaker atop the massive block-house came the countdown.Make Mine Homogenized|Rick Raphael
During my countdown of five seconds you will build up to the greatest possible potential.Masters of Space|Edward Elmer Smith
By agreement, the countdown was to be broadcast to all aircraft over one of the airport frequencies.
British Dictionary definitions for countdown
verb count down (intr, adverb)
Idioms and Phrases with countdown
Count backward from any number to zero to indicate time, as in The final seconds before take off were counted down: 10, 9, 8, etc. The down in this term refers to the decreasing size of the numbers. This usage originated in connection with the firing of missiles and spacecraft and has since been broadened to such events as the roll call of states at a political convention. [c. 1950]
Make final preparations for an event, as in Hong Kong was counting down to the day when it became part of mainland China. This usage is derived from def. 1. [Late 1950s]