• synonyms

down for the count

Defeated, finished, doomed, as in I doubt if he'll ever leave the hospital; his illness really has him down for the count. This expression alludes to the losing boxer, unable to get to his feet before the umpire has counted to ten (the count). [1920s]


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dead, destroyed, finished, cooked, floored, nonfunctioning, sunk, totaled

Nearby words

down and dirty, down and out, down card, down cold, have, down east, down for the count, down in the dumps, down on, down on one's luck, down one's alley, down one's neck
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