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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
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count

heads/noses
To make a count of members, attendees, or participants.
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The beggars were still on the streets and had not gathered anywhere to be counted.
The worldwide rig count for June 2019 was 2,221, an increase of 39 from the 2,182 counted in May 2019 and 69 from the 2,152 counted in June 2018.
Touch helps to focus the child's attention on the task, to keep track of what has been counted and what remains to be counted (Alibali & DiRusso, 1999).
Bowen recounted how the Northerners finally agreed "that slaves would be counted, for the purpose of representations and taxes, in the proportion of five slaves to three free white inhabitants--the 'federal ratio.' In return, the Southern states conceded that the importation of slaves would cease in the year 1808.
In which years were the total number of counted sea otters lower than the total number counted in the previous year?
In Experiment 2, adults counted arrays of dots using either the alphabetic or the numeric chain while simultaneously maintaining in memory a series of 1, 3, or 5 items (either letters or numbers) which they had to recall after counting.
For example, under HAVA, voters must be able to find out easily after the election whether their provisional ballot was counted or not, and why.
In effect, the Supreme Court was saying "We had to refuse to count your (possibly incorrectly rejected) votes in order to vindicate your right to have your votes counted fairly."
With the results so close and the stakes so high, Democratic Party officials asked for the votes to be counted again, this time by hand.
This marks an improvement by 64 from the 1,062 international rigs counted in April 2019 and 159 from the 967 rigs counted in May 2018, respectively.
The researchers tested kids by showing them videos of either correct sequential counting of six fish, or of two fish alternately being counted up to six.
The numbers in question were tiny in an absolute sense, but they counted for a lot among investigators of child development.
Many retailers cycle count their inventory; the inventory at various locations may be physically counted at least once each year, but all stores are not counted at the end of the year.