(someone's or something's) days are numbered(redirected from one's days were numbered)
(someone's or something's) days are numbered
Someone or something is soon to die or end. Often used hyperbolically or humorously when suggesting someone is going to die. 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!
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.