someone's days are numbered

someone's days are numbered

COMMON If someone's days are numbered, they are not likely to survive or be successful for much longer. His days are numbered. He's a very sick man. As rebels advanced on the capital it became clear that the President's days in power were numbered.
See also: days, number

someone's (or something's) days are numbered

someone or something will not survive or remain in a position of power for much longer.
2001 Business Asia Daewoo's former chairman Kim Woo Choong's days are numbered after Korean authorities issued a warrant for his arrest.
See also: days, number
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