Temporarily incapacitated but not permanently defeated.

Etymology:

  • A reference to the sport of boxing, where a boxer has been incapacitated by an opponent but not yet knocked out.
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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.  [ …] "

Submitted on July 10, 2018

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أسفل ولكن ليس خارج

abajo pero no afuera

پایین اما نه بیرون

vers le bas mais pas hors

नीचे लेकिन बाहर नहीं

baixo, mas não fora

вниз, но не наружу

డౌన్ కానీ అవుట్ కాదు

نیچے لیکن باہر نہیں

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