number's up, one's/your/his

(redirected from his number's up)

(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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

number's up, one's/your/his

Death or capture is imminent. This term seems to have its roots in the military. In the Royal Navy in the nineteenth century it was usual to say of someone who was killed or drowned, “He lost the number of his mess.” The term was taken up in the U.S. Army, a dead soldier being said to have “lost his mess number.” Eventually “mess” was dropped, and the current cliché was born.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
See also: