(one's) number is up

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(one's) number is up

It is one's time to die, suffer, or be punished. My only wish is that I don't feel any pain when my number is up. This evidence proves that the senator was part of the conspiracy. His number's up this time.
See also: number, up

one's number is up

Fig. one's time to die—or to suffer some other unpleasantness—has come. John is worried. He thinks his number is up. When my number is up, I hope it all goes fast.
See also: number, up

number is up, one's

One is in grave difficulty or near death. For example, She knew her number was up when she saw the look on her supervisor's face, or He looks terrible; I think his number's up. In the earliest use of this phrase, in the early 1800s, number referred to an unfavorable lottery number, but in other citations it could be any number whereby one is identified, such as the number on a military dog tag.
See also: number