a gone coon

gone coon

slang, obsolete Any person or thing that is in a position of certain death, failure, or ruin. From the image of a raccoon (commonly shortened to "coon") being hunted for its fur. Primarily heard in US. He said his business would be a gone coon if the bank doesn't approve his loan.
See also: coon, gone

a gone coon

a person or thing in desperate straits or as good as dead. US informal
Coon in these idioms is an informal abbreviation of raccoon . Raccoons were hunted for their fur, and a gone coon was one that had been cornered so that it could not escape.
See also: coon, gone
References in classic literature ?
I'm a gone coon this first time and--and I w-want you to take these here things--to--my-- folks.