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count for (something)

To have value. This phrase is often used in the negative to convey the opposite. If I fail the test after weeks of studying, all of that effort will count for nothing. I at least sent her a text. That's got to count for something!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

count for something

to be valid for something; to be worth something. Doesn't all my work count for anything? Your positive attitude counts for a lot as far as I'm concerned.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

count for

1. Have importance or worth, as in Doesn't his long tenure count for anything? or Does this tournament count for computer points? This usage employs count in the sense of "enter into a reckoning." [Mid-1800s]
2. count for nothing. Have no influence or effect, as in All his work counts for nothing since they've dropped the project. This idiom was first recorded in 1861.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
But this is what we'll do: I have a good friend, an adjutant general and an excellent fellow, Prince Dolgorukov; and though you may not know it, the fact is that now Kutuzov with his staff and all of us count for nothing. Everything is now centered round the Emperor.
Birth, life and education count for nothing when the great days come, when the mother voice speaks.
And goes about saying that personal actions count for nothing, and there always will be rich and poor.
And your agony of sorrow is to count for nothing, then, sweet unselfish child!
It will likely turn into a slugfest and, if it does, experience may count for nothing against a younger, sharper, stronger man.
WOLVES boss Nuno Espirito Santo says last season's heroics against Manchester United will count for nothing on Monday night.
Juan Mata But despite their impressive form, Solskjaer knows the performances count for nothing and has warned United a poor start to the season, which begins at home to Chelsea on Sunday, could undo all the progress achieved this summer.
Letting said they were not leaving anything to chance and past glories will count for nothing.
Pirates beat the Tigers in both league matches over the course of the season, but head coach Ian Turley says those results will count for nothing over the next week.
Unless they are shareholders the fans own nothing and their voices count for nothing. It belongs to Sisu and they can do whatever they like with it.
DANNY WILSON has warned that memories count for nothing after returning for a second spell as Barnsley manager.
And Thompson, 34, is desperate to lift the trophy to ensure his side's heroics don't count for nothing. He said: "The moment I scored is right up there as one of the best moments of my life.
WALES Under-20 coach Danny Wilson has warned his side their stunning World Cup 9-6 victory over New Zealand will count for nothing unless they defeat Samoa tomorrow in South Africa.
Roberto Di Matteo insists his own Wembley wizardry and the hex he holds over Spurs will count for nothing in today's semi-final showdown.
RANGERS midfielder Steven Davis insists Celtic's recent impressive form will count for nothing when they go head to head tonight.