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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

v.
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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He was convicted of one count against one girl, and cleared of the other concerning the other girl, after a trial last month.
Their efforts were to count against one of Abdullah's other challengers, Flood Plain, who slipped twice on the surface as she finished last in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday.
After a week of deliberations, the 12 jurors sent a note to the judge Monday asking for ``advice'' after only being able to come to a unanimous decision on one count against one of the defendants.
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