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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We've been guilty over the years of not taking a decent support to Parkhead and that counts against us.
At the moment players who have done very well at Roland Garros tend to need a break and that counts against us but next year they can have that and come to us.
Very quickly it can turn from constructive industry debate into internal squabbling, which counts against us with government.
He said afterwards: "I raised the fact that the Duchess High School produces excellent results but that this counts against us when trying to access funds for new buildings, and that there is extremely strong community support for a new learning campus for the town.
Canada and the Scandinavian countries deal with snow on a regular basis, but inexperience counts against us in the UK.
If you buy outright in the beginning, it counts against us in eligibility for funding.
The Murrayfield scoreline was also a result which unfortunately counts against us in a league table.
We have an excellent wicket and that sometimes counts against us because it's difficult to bowl sides out and, in fact, we've lost both our last two games in the last over.
All the other teams love visiting our place and that probably counts against us.