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count against (one)

1. To view one negatively because of something they have done. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is usually used between "count" and "against." Aunt Jane was pretty cold to me today—I think she still counts my criticism of her driving against me.
2. To be a detriment or liability to one. Her youthful exuberance counted against her when she spoke out of turn at the meeting. Your prior infractions will certainly count against you during your sentencing.
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count something against someone

to regard something in a negative way against someone. I'm afraid we must count this against you as an unexcused absence. Don't count that last strike against the batter.
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count against someone

[for something] to be held against someone; [for something] to weigh against someone. I hope this mistake doesn't count against me. Don't worry, it won't count against you at all.
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count against

Be disadvantageous to, as in His earnings this year will count against his Social Security benefits. This idiom uses count in the sense of "make a reckoning," in this case negative. [Early 1900s]
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count against

1. To be a liability to someone; weigh against someone: The team's inexperience will count against them when they play more difficult opponents.
2. To hold something against someone: The teacher counted my absences against me.
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The value of the coverage does not count against key employees for purposes of the 25% concentration test.
If students run an errand for a teacher, the agenda is signed in red ink and the trip doesn't count against them.
In such a situation, the two transactions are considered together and the amounts paid for the preexisting ownership will count against the taxpayer in determining whether (1)the acquisition was solely for voting stock and (2) the transaction is within the limits of the boot relaxation rule.
Some go out of desperation, seeking niches where visible marks of poverty or a lack of English skills will not count against someone willing to work long, arduous days.
The pitcher should try to throw five pitches or less between innings, as those pitches count against the total available to him.
In addition, if you go to work but earn less than $200 a month or work less than forty hours a month in self-employment, that month does not count against your trial work allotment.
Once downloaded, the library of automotive repair information is stored on users' cell phones, not on the Internet, a benefit because information is retrieved faster and viewing it doesn't count against monthly minutes.
I know lessons have to be learned after the JLS saga, but remember this great city is vying to be a culture capital and our inability to stage safe, free events surely has to count against us.
Both face a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice, as well as theft and Akram alone has a third count against him, relating the possession of an imitation firearm.
WAYNE ROONEY is not concerned about the nationality of Sven-Goran Eriksson's successor - but former England skipper Alan Shearer insists Stuart Pearce's inexperience should not count against him.
A Kern County Superior Court judge on Wednesday granted a request by prosecutors to dismiss the remaining count against 55-year-old John Heinatz of Rosamond on which jurors deadlocked 8-4 in favor of not guilty.
Terry's lack of pace will always count against him at international level and the Hills odds of 2-7 that the Chelsea man starts is a joke.
Judge Gerald Price warned Peachey that not all the 19 months spent in custody in Ireland would count against his sentence.
PAUL McGINLEY, continuing a run of good form with 18th place in Paris on Sunday, can make home advantage count against Darren Fichardt and Barry Lane in Totalbet's Group H, writes Jeremy Chapman.
Badminton: Olympic bronze medallist Simon Archer believes the decision to postpone the World Championships could count against English hopes of success.