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do the math

1. Literally, to do a bit of arithmetic calculation. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. 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, South Africa. Do the math—can't you see that he's just using you to get ahead in the company?
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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.
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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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We] create new opportunities for economic, environmental and social benefit," said Mathes, who leads workshops for laser-cutting and 3-D printing among others.
Mathes will attend the 34th International Listening Association's Annual Conference in Montreal June 20-23, where he will present his paper "Urban Confessional: How a Free Listening Project Changed Actor Training, and the Actors who Train.
Mathes also served as general manager of The Muse Hotel in Manhattan and Hotel Burnham in Chicago, and held senior management positions at Hotel Allegro and Hotel Monaco, also in Chicago.
Mathes writes in an epilogue that to truly understand the WNIA's impact, more research must be done into other women's volunteer organizations and into individuals who disagreed with the WNIA's practices and policies, among them Catholic organizers who resented the evangelical Protestant approach to Indian reform.
Mathes said older yogurt store concepts, such as TCBY, which started in Little Rock in 1981, were switching to self-serve to sur vive.
At this time of year, in the middle of the day, I want to be able to see as much as possible," Mathes said.
Mathes recently served as president of the statewide group and now is its secretary as well as co-chairwoman of "judges and classifications.
Michael Mathes provides a valuable contribution to the resources available for the study of the relations between the Spanish/Mexican Californians and the Russians at Fort Ross during the first half of the nineteenth century.
The deal is positioned through Maximus' new partnership with Curtis Mathes.
The bride was attended by her sisters, Elizabeth Mathes Walker as matron of honor and Katherine Curtis Mathes as maid of honor.
It is the sensory experience that defines 'luxury,'" explains Thomas Mathes, 31, a 13-year veteran of the hospitality industry and the general manager of The Muse New York, a Kimpton Hotel.
Mark Bjorgo recruited Susan Carney Gary Cooper recruited Erin Freel Best Dallas Ford/Stephanie Gable recruited Tiffany Turner Chuck Gamble recruited Lindsay Hill Lisa Graham recruited Denise Bott Andrea Grube recruited Amy Mathes Toni Hodson recruited David Blower Jr.
In most parts of the country, distance is not a problem; the forests are in isolated areas away from population,'' said Matt Mathes, a spokesman for the Angeles.