(redirected from reckons)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to reckons: fixable, insofar, harken back

force to be reckoned with

A person or thing considered to be strong, powerful, or difficult to defeat. They say the young boxer is a force to be reckoned with, so I'm betting he'll win the match tonight. The attorney may look petite and meek, but she's a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom.
See also: force, reckon

reckon without (one's) host

To plan without taking into account all the necessary or important factors or people. It was originally used to describe one who did not consult one's host, such as an innkeeper, when calculating one's lodging expenses. A: "You made plans for Mother's Day without even asking your mom what she wants to do?" B: "I know, I really reckoned without my host on that one."
See also: reckon, without

force to be reckoned with

Fig. someone or something that is important and powerful and must not be ignored. Walter is a force to be reckoned with. Be prepared to deal with him. The growing discontent with the political system is a powerful force to be reckoned with.
See also: force, reckon

reckon someone as someone or something

to perceive someone as someone or something. I reckoned her as a more thoughtful individual than she turned out to be. Mary reckoned Scott as a constant irritation, and she was right on the button.
See also: reckon

reckon someone or something among something

to judge someone or something to belong among a select group. I reckon Donna among the best tennis pros in the country. We reckon this automobile among the most advanced in the world.
See also: among, reckon

reckon someone or something into something

 and reckon someone or something in
to figure someone or something in; to include someone or something in one's calculations. I will reckon Jane into the total number of guests. I reckoned in a few too many people.
See also: reckon

reckon with someone or something

to deal with someone or something; to cope with someone or something. I have to reckon with the troublesome Mr. Johnson this afternoon. Mary knew just exactly how she had to reckon with the bill collector.
See also: reckon

reckon without someone

to fail to think about someone. He thought he'd get away with his crime, but he reckoned without the FBI agents. He had thought he was gone for sure, but he had reckoned without the paramedics.
See also: reckon, without

a force to be reckoned with

also a force to reckon with
a powerful and influential person or thing In my new job, I felt like a force to be reckoned with.
See also: force, reckon

reckon with somebody/something

to consider the influence or power that someone or something has He failed to reckon with the bureaucratic skills of the military. You have to reckon with these angry people who just don't like change of any kind.
See also: reckon

be a force to be reckoned with

if an organization or person is a force to be reckoned with, they are very powerful The Scottish team's performance last month shows that they are once again a force to be reckoned with.
See also: force, reckon

force to be reckoned with

see under reckon with.
See also: force, reckon

reckon with

1. Take into account, be prepared for, as in The third-party movement is a force to be reckoned with during the primaries. This usage was first recorded in 1885.
2. Deal with, as in Your lost wallet isn't the only problem we have to reckon with. Also see take into account.
See also: reckon

reckon on

To expect and take something into account; bargain on something: The farmers hadn't reckoned on an early frost. Reckon on spending $250 for a hotel room in New York.
See also: on, reckon

reckon with

To take someone or something into account; deal with someone or something: The new governor will have to reckon with a large budget deficit. Now that this candidate has the support of the unions, she is definitely someone to be reckoned with.
See also: reckon

reckon without

To fail to consider or deal with someone or something; ignore someone or something: They thought it would be an easy victory, but they had reckoned without the determination of their enemy.
See also: reckon, without
References in periodicals archive ?
HOME ADVANTAGE Stopper Tinnerholm " And assistant manager Olof Persson reckons Celtic are no better than Salzburg, who Malmo defeated in an epic 3-2 comeback after losing the first leg 2-0.
Many fans will reckon we should have put a third category in here saying 'None of them'.
They reckon they can do it while keeping all their green commitments.
They reckon he's lookin' forra big 'owse in Owton Manor.
I reckon she's winding me up just to get me to kick the habit.
HEARTS winger Suso Santana reckons his first year in Scottish football has been a wonderful education.
Byline: Matt Williams reckons Kingaroo will be found out going back up to 1m
Kerry McFadden reckons you can be addicted to tattoos.
I think the character represents the part of Lars von Trier that Lars von Trier hates of himself,'' reckons Bettany, phoning from Toronto where his wife is shooting a horror movie and he's baby-sitting their 7-month-old son.
A BE BE BE BE BEAU AU AU AU AU AUTY TY TY TY TY TY TY s l al al al alon on on on in To To k yko reckons A BEAUTY salon in Toyko reckons clients can roll back the years by putting snails on their faces.
While others like to be with their man at all times, Jada reckons a bit of space can help a relationship stay on track.
N-DUBZ rapper FAZER, 23, reckons he stays pretty cool - until he met TAKE THAT's GARY BARLOW.
EX-CELTIC striker Charlie Nicholas reckons Tony Mowbray will be a hit at Parkhead - but he needs to thrash out a budget to bring in six new stars.
CHERRIES boss Sean O'Driscoll reckons Posh's name is on the FA Cup after this win.
JASON DAY reckons he can emulate countryman Greg Norman and make it third time lucky in this year's Majors - if he keeps believing he's a no-hoper.