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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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.
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.
The movie depicts an extraordinary series of events leading up to the loss of the divers -- incompetent crew, divers ignoring their training, lack of procedures to count heads or call roll.
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.
Churchill said that democracy itself is based on the idea that 'it is better to count heads than to bash them.
A POPULATION survey on some of Scotland's most remote islands is at risk because not enough people want to count heads.
Sometimes (in teaching) you have to count heads, you have to ask yourself, `Is everyone here?
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.