count against (one)

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count against (one)

1. To view one negatively because of something they have done. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is usually used between "count" and "against." Aunt Jane was pretty cold to me today—I think she still counts my criticism of her driving against me.
2. To be a detriment or liability to one. Her youthful exuberance counted against her when she spoke out of turn at the meeting. Your prior infractions will certainly count against you during your sentencing.
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count something against someone

to regard something in a negative way against someone. I'm afraid we must count this against you as an unexcused absence. Don't count that last strike against the batter.
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count against someone

[for something] to be held against someone; [for something] to weigh against someone. I hope this mistake doesn't count against me. Don't worry, it won't count against you at all.
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count against

Be disadvantageous to, as in His earnings this year will count against his Social Security benefits. This idiom uses count in the sense of "make a reckoning," in this case negative. [Early 1900s]
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count against

v.
1. To be a liability to someone; weigh against someone: The team's inexperience will count against them when they play more difficult opponents.
2. To hold something against someone: The teacher counted my absences against me.
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It is nothing and the remaining meat that we can't sell is counted against us and we're in the red.
I am more concerned about our injury situation than losing to Grenoble because several factors counted against us.
They showed up when it counted against us last season and that painful lesson cannot be taught twice; time to show what we have learned, despite the squad overhaul this summer.
We had to expend a lot of energy early in the game and it counted against us later in the game.
Little things counted against us, with some basic mistakes here and there.
But what counted against us was the fact we had a number of key players out injured for a fair amount of time and also our form over recent months hasn't been the greatest.
The fact that we don't get all our eggs from free range sources counted against us on the sustainable food front, and while it's all well and good to have an ethical investment policy, in terms of it relating to the university's entire operations - in the UK and overseas - it would be very difficult to audit that for performance.
I hoped that we could bat for long periods of time, but in some ways a few illnesses counted against us and the application wasn't quite there," Vettori said.
Not having an out and out seven counted against us and we have learned the lesson from that.
We made a few in the first half and when they happened again in the second half it counted against us.
The problem is, those students get counted against us when graduation rates are calculated.
He's a real talent and it's just a shame that our situation counted against us.
It was an important area of the game that counted against us on the night.
The run-outs counted against us, and there were a few soft dismissals along the wseason.
The Iraqi war counted against us, because the Lib Dems have always been against it.