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    lose the number of one's mess

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    I can’t say ,Mr. Simple’ said Mr. Chuck to me, in an undertone. “That I think well of this expedition, and I have an idea that some of us will lose the number of our mess.”

    lose the number of one’s mess = die

    Thanks for your efforts.



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    Re: lose the number of one's mess

    It's definitely a metaphor, probably military, where mess = meal gathering and arrangements.

    It may mean go mad, as in lose one's marbles, lose touch with reality, etc.

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