stand up and be counted

stand up and be counted

to state one's support (for someone or something). If you believe in more government help for farmers, write your representativestand up and be counted. I'm generally in favor of what you propose, but not enough to stand up and be counted.
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stand up and be counted

to publicly state your opinion It is difficult sometimes to stand up and be counted when you know most people disagree with you.
Related vocabulary: have the courage of your/its convictions
See also: and, count, stand, up

stand up and be counted

to let people know your opinions, although it might cause trouble for you Those who did have the courage to stand up and be counted were arrested and imprisoned.
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stand up and be counted

Reveal one's convictions or opinions, especially when it requires courage to do so. For example, Stop muttering your complaints about the music; stand up and be counted if you want something changed . The counted in this expression alludes to having one's vote on a matter acknowledged. [c. 1900]
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Meanwhile Dunfermline's Scott Thomson has admitted it's time for them to stand up and be counted.
Thomson, who returns to the squad after missing the weekend defeat with a calf injury, said: "As the gaffer says, there is no hiding place and we have all to stand up and be counted.
Among those books are his two previous publications: "The Laws of Management Physics - A Handbook for Hands-On Managers" and "Will the Real Inventory Please Stand Up and Be Counted.