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count the cost

To realize the negative impact that something has had; to assess the consequences. I ignored my foot injury because I didn't think it was serious, but I'm definitely counting the cost now that I need surgery.
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count the cost

to start to understand how badly something has affected you I didn't read the contract fully before I signed it but I'm counting the cost now.
See also: cost, count