(someone's or something's) days are numbered

(someone's or something's) days are numbered

Someone or something is doomed to die or end very soon. Often used hyperbolically or humorously when referring to people. If news of this gets out to the public, your days as a senator are numbered! My phone's days are definitely numbered—the battery won't last more than an hour. The captain of the wrestling team found out that I kissed his girlfriend, so my days are numbered now!
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one's days are numbered

Fig. one is facing death or dismissal. If I don't get this contract, my days are numbered at this company. Uncle Bill has a terminal disease. His days are numbered.
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days are numbered, one's

Also, its days are numbered. The usefulness or life of someone or something is nearly ended. For example, When they announced the layoffs, she knew her days at the company were numbered, or My car's days are numbered-the transmission is shot. A version of this expression appears in the Bible (Daniel 5:26): "God hath numbered thy kingdom and finished it." It came into common use in the late 1800s.
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someone's days are numbered

COMMON If someone's days are numbered, they are not likely to survive or be successful for much longer. His days are numbered. He's a very sick man. As rebels advanced on the capital it became clear that the President's days in power were numbered.
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someone's (or something's) days are numbered

someone or something will not survive or remain in a position of power for much longer.
2001 Business Asia Daewoo's former chairman Kim Woo Choong's days are numbered after Korean authorities issued a warrant for his arrest.
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your, its, etc. days are ˈnumbered

somebody has not long left to live; something will not last much longer: Now that we’re no longer getting any government support, the theatre’s days are numbered.
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