keep (a) count (of someone or something)

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keep (a) count (of someone or something)

To learn and remember how many people or things are present in a given situation. Mr. Smith, will you please keep count of the students as they board the bus? A: "And how many people entered the shop on the day of the robbery?" B: "I don't know, I wasn't keeping count." You'll need to keep count of your taxi rides and meals during the trip so that you can make an accurate expense claim when you're back.
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keep (a) ˈcount (of something)

know how many there are of something: Make sure you keep count of all the phone calls you make so you can claim the money back later.
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JOHN CAREW admits he has no idea when it comes to keeping count of his FA Cup goals.
To be honest, I wasn't keeping count and it was a bit of a surprise this week when I was told I was hitting the century mark.
CHRIS Powell, from Llanharry, had a problem keeping count of his fish as he had bite after bite at Seven Oaks Fishery, but he had at least 41 carp to 8lb and another 40-odd roach and bream.
Keeping count Football managers understandably get angry when reporters ask them if their job is in danger, but that's not something that will worry ex-Hearts boss Csaba Laszlo any more.
And I said to my caddie 'I hope you're keeping count, a few of those are going in' and they kept going in.
I certainly don't sit at home keeping count of the medals.
We've known since Adam Smith and David Ricardo first published (1776 and 1817 for those keeping count at home) that the value of trade is that it makes the things we buy cheaper or better at the same price than if we made them ourselves.