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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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"It was huge (the penalty count), I didn't think it was a 14-3 penalty count against us," said the Northern Irishman.
"The penalty count against us was very high and that must be addressed.
"We weren't helped by a 12-6 penalty count against us.
"We obviously had a huge penalty count against us as well, so we just showed a lot of character.
"Frankie's going to be on Enable, so that would count against us, but I don't know plans as I haven't spoken to Mr Gosden.
"It was a three-to-one penalty count against us. It averaged a penalty against us every four minutes and we had a completely undeserved yellow card.
"There was also a pretty high penalty count against us. Even though we put the bonus point on early, which was pleasing, thereafter it disintegrated a bit.
JOHNSON added: "When they scored just before half-time, similar to Ireland, and with a 10-2 penalty count against us I wasn't sure how to face them in the changing room.
We fought a 7-1 penalty count against us at the 35-minute mark, yet we led at half-time.
They are the only side who have made that extra midfield player count against us. We changed things tactically and did well against them in the second half, then lost the game to a late goal."
"The administration is going to count against us," admitted Wakefield chief executive James Elston.
"The thing that could count against us is that Durham have been awarded an Ashes Test and the board may look to spread the games out more geographically."
"The success of our sector is beginning to count against us. One still needs to water a healthy plant and this successful industry still needs adequate Government and public support to maintain the momentum that will deliver a return on that investment.
Williams said: : "We had an 8-0 penalty count against us by half-time.