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count for (something)

To have value. This phrase is often used in the negative to convey the opposite. If I fail the test after weeks of studying, all of that effort will count for nothing. I at least sent her a text. That's got to count for something!
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count for something

to be valid for something; to be worth something. Doesn't all my work count for anything? Your positive attitude counts for a lot as far as I'm concerned.
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count for

1. Have importance or worth, as in Doesn't his long tenure count for anything? or Does this tournament count for computer points? This usage employs count in the sense of "enter into a reckoning." [Mid-1800s]
2. count for nothing. Have no influence or effect, as in All his work counts for nothing since they've dropped the project. This idiom was first recorded in 1861.
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The worldwide rig count for September 2016 was 1,584, up 37 from the 1,547 counted in August 2016, and down 587 from the 2,171 counted in September 2015.
The worldwide rig count for April 2016 was 1,424, down 127 from the 1,551 counted in March 2016, and down 844 from the 2,268 counted in April 2015.
The worldwide rig count for March 2002 was 1,808, down 166 from the 1,974 counted in February 2002 and down 523 from the 2,331 counted in March 2001.
According to the company, the worldwide rig count for December 2016 was 1,772, an escalation of 94 from the 1,678 counted in November 2016 and down 197 from the 1,969 counted in December 2015.
The US rig count for February 2002 was 825 down 42 from the 867 counted in January 2002 and down 311 from the 1,136 counted in February 2001.
The worldwide rig count for November 2016 was 1,678, an increase of 58 from the 1,620 counted in October 2016 and a decrease of 369 from the 2,047 counted in November 2015.
rig count for January 2002 was 867 down 34 from the 901 counted in December 2001 and down 251 from the 1,118 counted in January 2001.
Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE:BHI) (PCX:BHI) (EBS:BHI) announced today that the international rig count for December 2001 was 752, up 11 from the 741 counted in November 2001 and up 47 from the 705 counted in December 2000.
The company added that the average US rig count for July 2016 was 449, a rise 32 from the 417 counted in June 2016 and decrease of 417 from the 866 counted in July 2015.
Researchers found 2,019 of the marine mammals last month, nearly 8 percent fewer than a year ago, said Brian Hatfield, who coordinates the count for the U.
Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE:BHI)(PCX:BHI)(EBS:BHI) announced today that the international rig count for November 2001 was 741, down 9 from the 750 counted in October 2001 and up 41 from the 700 counted in November 2000.
In the US, the average rig count for June 2016 was 417, a rise of nine from the 408 counted in May 2016 and dropped by 444 from the 861 counted in June 2015.
Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE:BHI)(PCX:BHI)(EBS:BHI) announced today that the international rig count for October 2001 was 750, down 16 from the 766 counted in September 2001 and up 23 from the 727 counted in October 2000.
The average Canadian rig count for was 41 April 2016, a decrease of 47 from the 88 counted in March 2016 down 49 from the 90 counted in April 2015, respectively.
Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE:BHI)(PCX:BHI)(EBS:BHI) announced today that the international rig count for September 2001 was 766, up 10 from the 756 counted in August 2001 and up 52 from the 714 counted in September 2000.