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1. The number of people killed in a particular incident, especially soldiers killed in a military effort. The body count is uncertain after the earthquake, but we expect the number to rise as rescue efforts continue. The body count in the latest fight against insurgents is the highest yet.
2. The number of people who participate or are involved in a given activity or situation. I have a body count of about 24 people so far, so it looks like we're still waiting for a few more to join the tour.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
1. n. the total of dead bodies after a battle. The body count at Hill 49 was three.
2. n. the total number of casualties after some kind of shake-up. The pink slips are coming out every day. The body count on Monday was twenty-three.
3. n. a count of people present. The body count was about forty-five at the meeting.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
The number of casualties from a given operation. Originating during the Vietnam War, where it denoted the number of troops killed, it later was extended to casualties of disasters such as fires and earthquakes.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer