down but not out
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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈdaʊn bət nɒt ˈaʊt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈdaʊn bət nɑt ˈaʊt/
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- (idiomatic) Temporarily incapacitated but not permanently defeated.
- 1907 October, [Hannibal] Hamlin Garland, “Marshall Haney’s Sentence”, in Money Magic: A Novel, New York, N.Y.; London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, OCLC 564111485, page 333:
- He raised dim eyes to her, eyes that seemed already filmed with death's opaque curtains, but bravely, slowly smiled. "I'm down, but not out, darlin'. That brute of a doctor jolted me hard; I nearly took the count—but I'm—still in the ring. […]"
- 1913, The Independent, volume LXXV, New York, N.Y.: Published for the proprietors, OCLC 49529161, page 638, column 1:
- The intention is not to make it a hotel for downs and outs, the riffraff of Chicago’s slums, but to have it a hotel where men who are ‘down’ but not ‘out’ can obtain comfortable rooms and wholesome food at nominal prices.
- 2010, Peter Snowdon, “The Makings of a Landslide”, in Back from the Brink: The Inside Story of the Tory Resurrection, London: HarperPress, HarperCollins, →ISBN, page 5:
temporarily incapacitated but not permanently defeated