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someone's number is up

Definition of someone's number is up in English:

informal The time has come when someone is doomed to die or suffer some other disaster or setback.
[With reference to a lottery number or a number by which one may be identified]
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • He has even arranged for his body to be returned to Tibet for a traditional sky burial when his number is up.
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