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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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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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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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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.
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
Unless they are shareholders the fans own nothing and their voices count for nothing.
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.
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.
Summary: Rafael Nadal insists his straight-sets victory over Andy Murray in last year's Wimbledon semi-final will count for nothing on Friday.
ANDREW SHERIDAN insisted his reputation for destroying Australian scrums will count for nothing in Saturday's Cook Cup showdown.
LEEDS prop Ryan Bailey insists last weekend's victory over St Helens will count for nothing when the two rivals meet in next month's big Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-final showdown at Galpharm Stadium.
REPUTATIONS should count for nothing in football - and they didn't when Derby reserves beat Shrewbury Town's second string yesterday.
The people, who elect all of them, count for nothing.