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(you) do the math

Figure out or put together the information for yourself. Do the math—can't you see that he's just using you to get ahead in the company? What happened? They convinced you to give them a lump sum as an "investment," and now they've cleared out of town. You do the math. Let's see, revenue is down and costs are going through the roof. You do the math—how long until we start hearing about layoffs?
See also: math

do the math

1. Literally, to do a bit of arithmetic calculation. Primarily heard in US. Well, let's just do the math to see if you have enough in your savings account to afford a new car.
2. To figure out or put together information for oneself. Primarily heard in US. Do the math—can't you see that he's just using you to get ahead in the company?
See also: math

like a monkey doing a math problem

Clueless and clumsy. The first time I attempted to use Photoshop, I had absolutely no clue what I was doing and kept clicking the wrong things. I felt like a monkey doing a math problem!
See also: like, math, monkey, problem
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you do the math

People say you do the math to mean that the person they are talking to should calculate something because the answer will be interesting, important or surprising. In Canada, a country of more than 30 million people, a novel is considered to have sold respectably if three thousand copies leave the shelf. You do the math.
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do the math!

work it out for yourself (used to suggest that the conclusion to be drawn about something is obvious). North American informal
Math is the American abbreviation of mathematics . When the phrase is used in British English, it is usually as do the maths .
2004 BBC News: Business I was faced with the choice of either topping up by using paid holiday or a vast reduction in earnings and a financial struggle when I least need it. You do the maths!
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The anatomic location of the lesion is of great importance in the differential diagnosis (McConnell et al., 2006; Mathes et al., 2012).
Technology on its own will not help you reach your goals, it has to support your business model and objectives," said Mathes.
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Mathes posted in his favorite midday treestand, which sits at the end of a finger of woods sticking out into a huge soybean field.
The efficacy of the intervention had been previously demonstrated in a randomized, controlled field trial in six schools in a single school district (Mathes et al., 2005).
The hotel offers 292 guestrooms and suites, and amenities include spa and fitness centre; an outdoor public plaza; and a multi-level Food Parc and Basque concept restaurant from China.The hotel general manager, Thomas Mathes, said, 'We are thrilled to bring Eventi to life today and excited that we could involve so many neighbourhood and New York City partners in our opening festivities.
Peggy Mathes still has the first button she ever collected - a trapezoid-shaped piece made of bakelite, trimmed with a row of rhinestones.
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