count heads

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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

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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In the 123 annual barn inspections performed between September and December, she counted heads and ensured the owners were properly caring for their animals.
There, he counted heads and reported his group's status to the drill coordinator.
Then others were allowed in and, by 1972, Alec Bedser, chairman of England's selectors, counted heads and realised that there were 54 overseas cricketers out of 187 playing regularly for the 17 counties.
While the class climbed onto the bus, Miss Plunkett counted heads.
A woman waiting at the stop quickly counted heads and noted the bus and the time on a form wedged on her clipboard.
Sheriff's deputies directed traffic at blacked-out intersections, courthouse computer screens went blank and jailers counted heads at the Peter J.