count the cost

count the cost

To realize the negative impact that something has had; to assess the consequences. I ignored my foot injury because I didn't think it was serious, but I'm definitely counting the cost now that I need surgery.
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count the cost

mainly BRITISH
COMMON If you count the cost of something damaging or harmful, you consider the extent of the damage or harm that has been done. Meanwhile, the government has been counting the cost of this disastrous campaign. The central government is today counting the political cost of the dispute which has already prompted the resignation of one minister.
See also: cost, count

count the cost

calculate the consequences of something, typically a careless or foolish action.
2004 The Mercury (Hobart) Aaron Mauger is on standby as the All Blacks count the cost of Saturday's loss.
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count the ˈcost


1 consider carefully what the risks or disadvantages may be before you do something: The job was attractive financially, but when I counted the cost in terms of separation from my family and friends, I decided not to take it.
2 feel the bad effects of a mistake, an accident, etc: We made a big mistake when we bought that old car, and we’re still counting the cost — it breaks down almost every week!
See also: cost, count
References in classic literature ?
Now I saw, though too late, the Folly of beginning a Work before we count the Cost, and before we judge rightly of our own Strength to go through with it.
There I have sat helpless (in spite of my abilities) ever since; seeing what Robinson Crusoe saw, as quoted above--namely, the folly of beginning a work before we count the cost, and before we judge rightly of our own strength to go through with it.
I'm not a show, Aunty, and no one is coming to stare at me, to criticize my dress, or count the cost of my luncheon.
This grieved me heartily; and now I saw, though too late, the folly of beginning a work before we count the cost, and before we judge rightly of our own strength to go through with it.
She was of those who do not know how to heal themselves, of those who are too much aware of their heart, who, neither cowardly nor selfish, look passionately at its wounds--and count the cost.
It's the same story every year - towns and villages prepare for the annual flooding, traders count the cost of the devastation and the cycle continues.
Deputy Finance Minister Christos Staikouras said the overall government's primary surplus - which does not count the cost of paying interest on existing debt - is expected to be 812 million euros ($1.
GLAMORGAN have been left to count the cost of the weather which threatened to ruin the second ever Test match in Wales.
In most cases these are not retrieved and the people they have taken them from are left to count the cost.
COMMUTERS will soon be able to count the cost of their journeys.
Political Sox gained his third course win, and the seventh of his long career, when gaining a lastgasp win over Count The Cost in the extended three-mile handicap hurdle in the hands of Dougie Costello.
Paul Whelan's second-placed hosts, who would have closed up on leaders Llandudno had they won, were left to count the cost of several missed chances.
ROCKAVON (of the Sunday Mail) Today's nap: COUNT THE COST (3.
The best things in life are free; but no pain, no gain, and count the cost.
The Engineering Employers' Federation is holding a seminar to count the cost to the region at EEF West Midlands, Edgbaston, on April 26.