One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The time has come when someone is doomed to die or suffer some other disaster or setback.
- ‘Some of those members opposite who are sitting in marginal rural seats or marginal provincial seats should really start to worry, because their number is up.’
- ‘I was happy enough to play on just as a senior pro but then I was told I would struggle to keep my first-team place, and when you hear that, you know your number is up.’
- ‘He has even arranged for his body to be returned to Tibet for a traditional sky burial when his number is up.’
- ‘It doesn't seem to displace much air hence they have little warning, and once they come in contact with the ‘strings’, their number is up!’
- ‘Peter Fraser had principles; this Prime Minister has only her polls - and her number is up.’
- ‘They are sending a very clear signal to this Government that its number is up, and that Government members should start brushing off their CVs and looking for a new job.’
- ‘Of life and possible dangers in Basrah he said: ‘As many of the lads say, when your number is up it's up.’’
- ‘The characters in this film have to figure out when their number is up and avoid being in the wrong place at the wrong time, which is what we do as human beings every day.’
- ‘Although it must be tempting to tell someone that you love that you love them when you know your number is up, if you also know the true perpetrator of a crime that someone else is suspected of, surely you are duty bound to blurt that out first.’
- ‘I am a pragmatic person and if your number is up it's up.’
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