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(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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days are numbered, one's/his/its
One’s life or usefulness is about to end. Perhaps the earliest instance of this expression is in the Book of Daniel, in which Daniel reads King Belshazzar’s fate in the writing on the wall: “God hath numbered thy kingdom and finished it” (Daniel 5:26). Another early version appears in a collection of Chinese proverbs made by William Scarborough (1875): “Man’s days are numbered.” See also number's up.
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