Definition of standing count in US English:

standing count

(also standing eight count)


  • A count of eight taken on a boxer who has not been knocked down but who appears temporarily unfit to continue fighting.

    • ‘The referee halted the fight in the final round after a storm of blows followed a standing eight count early in the early seconds of the round.’
    • ‘She looked like she was going down but the ref moved in for a standing eight count.’
    • ‘After taking the standing eight count, he was deposited on his backside by a right hook which turned his jaw around.’
    • ‘The challenger did well to rise quickly but took a full standing count of eight from the referee.’
    • ‘She took three standing eight counts in the first round.’


standing count

/ˈstændɪŋ kaʊnt/