out for the count


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out for the count

Unconscious or in a deep, insensible sleep. Likened to a boxer who has been knocked out. I didn't even hear you come in last night—I was so tired that I was out for the count as soon as my head hit the pillow. On his 21st birthday, Mike's friends gave him so much to drink that he was out for the count by 10 PM. The rowdy customer was out for the count when the bouncer punched him in the head.
See also: count, out

out for the count

see under out cold.
See also: count, out

out for the count

1. If someone is out for the count, they are temporarily unconscious. Note: The following expressions refer to a `count' in boxing. If a boxer is knocked to the ground and does not get up before the referee has counted to ten, they lose the contest. It took medical staff several minutes to revive O'Neill in the dressing-rooms. He was out for the count for two to three minutes.
2. If someone is out for the count, they are very deeply asleep. Note: The following expressions refer to a `count' in boxing. If a boxer is knocked to the ground and does not get up before the referee has counted to ten, they lose the contest. At 10.30am he was still out for the count after another night disturbed by the baby.
See also: count, out

out for the count

unconscious or soundly asleep.
A North American variant of the phrase is down for the count . In boxing, the count is the ten-second period, counted out loud by the referee, during which a boxer who has been knocked to the ground may regain his feet: if he fails to do so he must concede victory to his opponent. A boxer who manages to rise within the count of ten is said to ‘beat the count’.
See also: count, out

ˌout for the ˈcount

(British English) (American English ˌdown for the ˈcount) unconscious or in a very deep sleep, either because you have been hit very hard or are very tired: After a whole day of walking around the city, I was out for the count!
This idiom refers to the rules in boxing. If a boxer is still down when the referee has finished counting to ten, he loses the game.
See also: count, out