One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Complete a count of ten seconds over a fallen boxer to indicate defeat.‘Jeffries landed a left hook to the jaw and Fitz was counted out’
- ‘Referee Alfred counted him out at two minutes and 51 seconds of the fourth, by which time Iron Mike had rusted into a crumpled heap.’
- ‘There was a pinch of controversy over the way Abdulaev was counted out after suffering a knockdown at the hands of Clottey.’
- ‘Etienne was knocked flat on his back in the middle of the ring and he lay there as referee Bill Clancy counted him out just 49 seconds into the scheduled 10-round fight.’
- ‘He made a motion as if to get back up, them slumped back down as the referee counted him out.’
- ‘It was here that his dream was shattered as he was counted out by the referee.’
2Not include someone in an activity.‘if this is a guessing game you can count me out’
exclude, omit, leave out, rule out, except, reject, drop, eliminate, cut out, keep outView synonyms
- ‘The communication between the two means you can never count them out, even though they begin the second half of the Chase in ninth place, 124 points behind Stewart.’
- ‘As William James stated about Myers in a 1901 letter, he was aware of ‘how much psychologists as a rule have counted him out from their profession’.’
- ‘The Buccaneers were a first-half flop, but we're not counting them out yet; they'll be better down the stretch.’
- ‘If not, count me out for the second X-Files movie, if such a thing ever happens.’
- ‘The Stars are losers so far this summer in the open market, but don't count them out when the season starts.’
- ‘If this is where technology is going, you can count me out.’
- ‘At age 38 Lewis' critics have counted him out more than once.’
- ‘He has had trouble repeating his original start-up glory with his work in satellite telephone networks - but don't count him out.’
- ‘The athlete faces a tough field in Athens, and might find gold a hurdle too far - but don't count her out.’
- ‘Do what you like, we know we can't stop you - just count us out.’
3(in children's games) select a player for dismissal or a special role by using a counting rhyme.
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