count (something) on the fingers of one hand

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count (something) on the fingers of one hand

A phrase used to emphasize that something happens rarely. A: "She said that she watches your kids all the time." B: "Oh please! I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times she's babysat for me." If you loaned Andy money, good luck getting it back. I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times he's repaid me.
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count something on the fingers of one hand

You say that you can count something on the fingers of one hand to emphasize that there are surprisingly few of them. The jobs advertised each year could be counted on the fingers of one hand. Note: You can also say that you can count something on your fingers. In the six years I've known her I could count on my fingers the number of times we've spoken.
See also: count, finger, hand, of, on, one, something

count something on the fingers of one hand

used to emphasize the small number of a particular thing.
1992 Fly Rod and Reel Two decades ago one could count on the fingers of one hand the saltwater anglers who had caught a sailfish or a marlin on a fly.
See also: count, finger, hand, of, on, one, something