count heads

count heads

To count the number of people in a group to ensure that everyone is present. Everyone, take your seats on the bus so that I can count heads before we leave the museum.
See also: count, head

count heads

 and count noses
Fig. to count people. I'll tell you how many people are here after I count heads. Let's count noses so we can be sure everyone is back on the bus.
See also: count, head
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It's hard to count heads when you're in the middle of a flag-waving crowd.
You'll want to count heads, to determine whether anyone is missing.
This is not a communal tirade against any person, but if you count heads, the Brahmins are heading all political parties, they hold almost all top position in the bureaucracy, in the police force and at other institutions.
With the BJP-appointed speaker claiming that she could not count heads in the din, opposition parties' motion of no confidence against the government was not even debated.
Ariel said he was convinced the Jordanians would only install the cameras to document Jewish visitors so as to increase its monitoring of the prayer ban, "to count heads," to demand a cut in the number of Jewish visitors, and to document Jewish figures they are vetoing from entering the Mount.
He has no choice but to count heads and send them out.
Once a decade, we get asked to count heads because we are a changing nation.
Last week, the Turn Verein's board of directors asked selectmen to remove the warning from official records, contending that under state law, Chief Hart was required to stop the event if he questioned the occupancy and count heads to prove it.
Enumerators will go to each of the estimated 5 million households to count heads, examine identification, ask about education and profession and register rates of births and deaths.
Innes said there was no official attendance number last year, but organizers plan to count heads this year
Even today, there persists, within the Jewish community, a reluctance to 'count heads'.
The Whip's principle responsibility is to count heads by polling Members' support of legislation in order to maintain support for the majority leadership's position.
"We don't count heads, we count attitude," said Ron Coburn of Savage Arms.
It was the Chairman's responsibility, for example, to count heads to ensure he had a majority supporting him.
Roman censuses were taken in the provinces not to count heads but to assess for tax.