bore them into a count out

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t k

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Korean - Korea
It looked as if the great assault threatened for that night were going to fizzle out. An inferior henchman of “that brute Cheeseman” was up boring mercilessly a very thin House with some shamelessly cooked statistics. He, Toodles, hoped he would bore them into a count out every minute. But then he might be only marking time to let that guzzling Cheeseman dine at his leisure. (from The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "bore them into a count out". Thanks. --- tk
 
  • owlman5

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    Hi, tk and Pete. I think this means bore them until they all fall silent and somebody begins a countdown to the end of the parliamentary session. That's just a guess, but it seems to make sense. Perhaps a British member familiar with parliamentary procedure will pop in to confirm or deny this notion.
     
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