take the long count

take the (long) count

1. dated To lose a boxing match by being counted out. Everyone was shocked when the heavyweight champion took the long count in the second round, raising suspicions that he had thrown the fight.
2. dated To lose or fail; to be knocked out of competition. It's just another in a long line of businesses to take the long count ever since the economy started to crash. A lot of people expected them to take the long count after the first round of the tournament, but here they are, one win away from a shot at the championship.
See also: count, take
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take the (long) count

tv. to die. The poor cat took the long count at last.
See also: count, long, take
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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