count heads

count heads

To count the number of people in a group to ensure that everyone is present. Everyone, take your seats on the bus so that I can count heads before we leave the museum.
See also: count, head

count heads

 and count noses
Fig. to count people. I'll tell you how many people are here after I count heads. Let's count noses so we can be sure everyone is back on the bus.
See also: count, head
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Ariel said he was convinced the Jordanians would only install the cameras to document Jewish visitors so as to increase its monitoring of the prayer ban, "to count heads," to demand a cut in the number of Jewish visitors, and to document Jewish figures they are vetoing from entering the Mount.
He has no choice but to count heads and send them out.
Once a decade, we get asked to count heads because we are a changing nation.
Last week, the Turn Verein's board of directors asked selectmen to remove the warning from official records, contending that under state law, Chief Hart was required to stop the event if he questioned the occupancy and count heads to prove it.
Enumerators will go to each of the estimated 5 million households to count heads, examine identification, ask about education and profession and register rates of births and deaths.
Innes said there was no official attendance number last year, but organizers plan to count heads this year
The Whip's principle responsibility is to count heads by polling Members' support of legislation in order to maintain support for the majority leadership's position.
We don't count heads, we count attitude," said Ron Coburn of Savage Arms.
It was the Chairman's responsibility, for example, to count heads to ensure he had a majority supporting him.
Roman censuses were taken in the provinces not to count heads but to assess for tax.
However, numbers attending church/chapel are the only way we have at present to count heads and I would appeal to all those good people out there who most certainly uphold Christian moral values in their lives and in their dealings with others to stand up and be counted.
Red herrings swims in and out of the story in shoals - but the tension never falters as the body count heads through the roof.
I cannot see what good the technical courses in writing news stories, learning how to count heads, and page makeup, are when stacked up against other courses that could be taken in the time spent on these subjects.
Tracking films in the French market is as sophisticated as anywhere in the world, but it takes a certain Gallic flair to risk indigestion by sitting at a window table of the Cafe di Roma on the Champs Elysees to count heads as they file in to the early afternoon screening.
And if you were to count heads, I believe that the majority of Liberal MPs are on the abrogation side.