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count off

1. To count in turn, as when dividing a group of people into smaller groups. A noun or pronoun can be used between "count" and "off." OK, kids, count off one through five so that we can make five groups.
2. To count the number of people or things in a group to ensure that everyone or everything is present. A noun or pronoun can be used between "count" and "off." Kids, take your seats on the bus so that I can count off and make sure everyone is here.
3. To count out loud so that everyone in a group starts something (such as a song or dance) at the same time. A noun or pronoun can be used between "count" and "off." Before launching into their routine, the cheerleaders counted off, "Five, six, seven, eight!"
4. To subtract from something, such as a score. A noun or pronoun can be used between "count" and "off." I had to count off five points for presentation because your project was a glue-covered mess.
5. To divide a group of things into smaller groups. A noun or pronoun can be used between "count" and "off." I counted off the batch of cookies so that each of the neighbors would get the same amount.
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count someone or something off

to count people or things, to see if they are all there. (See also count off.) Let's count them off to see who's missing. Count off each person, one by one. I counted each one off.
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count off

[for a series of people, one by one] to say aloud the next number in a fixed sequence. The soldiers counted off by threes. The sergeant told them to count off.
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count off

1. Count aloud from one end of a line of persons to the other, each person counting in turn. For example, The soldiers counted off one by one. This usage and the practice it describes come from the military.
2. Place in a separate group by counting, as in The office counted off the telephone books for each delivery route.
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count off

v.
1. To recite numbers in turn, as when dividing people or things into groups: The 24 children counted off by twos, forming a dozen pairs.
2. To count to an agreed upon number so that some group begins an activity at the same time: The conductor counted the band off, and they began to play. The director counted off the choir, and they began to sing. The conductor counted off, and the band began to play.
3. To decrease the score or evaluation of someone by some amount: The professor will count you off five points if you skip a class.
4. To deduct some amount from a score or evaluation: The teacher counted off one point for each mistake. The Olympic judges counted a tenth of a point off for the gymnast's wobbly landing. The teacher counts off for misspelled words.
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References in classic literature ?
Three days passed -- seventy-two long tedious hours which he counted off by minutes!
If it said now, "Don't go home!" What a famous clock, hereafter, if it said to-night of all the nights that it has counted off, to this old man of all the young and old men who have ever stood before it, "Don't go home!" With its sharp clear bell it strikes three quarters after seven and ticks on again.
Traddles only smiled, and shook his head (with his hair standing upright on the top of it), when I looked to him for an explanation; so I took out my watch, and, as a last resource, counted off the five minutes.
When they arrive at Bobo station all the cargo will have to be counted off again so that its owners can go about their business in the town.
Humpbacks are also regularly spotted and counted off West Cork and only 10 days ago one was reported for the first time off Ballycastle, Co Antrim.
The undulating grassy laps were counted off by razor sharp marshals with each competitor responsible for shouting out their number as they passed the check point.
When I was in hygiene school, we did not use protective wear regularly, and we were counted off a whole letter grade for using a Cavitron.
Schmitt counted off "Sweet Georgia Brown" at a rapid tempo that didn't hamper his ability to play a coherent guitar solo.
I must emphasise it was not meant to spoil the enjoyment of some people, for whom the relative sanity of a Newcastle game away from the flatulence of Uncle Bert and 'Take That's execrable Christmas' is counted off on the calendar from August.
In case of no activity the subscription would be counted off from the billing system regardless of fact that subscriber has a valid balance within prescribed timeline of the credit at IN." Similarly for a count of inactive subscribers, the critiques should be aware of the fact that keeping an inactive number or subscriber on the technical systems and networks of operators bear cost which obviously is unnecessary burden.
A nice touch at the end of the Nou Camp game was Messi approaching the referee to shake his hand and then he counted off his goals as he requested the match ball - Lionel I think the ref had probably noticed!
She said: "We went backwards and forwards a bit and then he said 'I'm finished' at which point I thought he had decided he didn't want it but instead he pulled out a roll of notes and counted off BD200 as a deposit.
The 2008 MBA State of the Industry Press Conference reviewed the group's advocacy agenda in the coming year and counted off some achievements it managed in 2007, despite a grueling industry downturn.
Though trains are a common theme in Kazakh films, the rails themselves have perhaps never been so lovingly described, counted off and catalogued as in the grandfather's memory.
MARATHON men Steve Allen and James Carter clocked up the cash and counted off the miles as he ran from Birmingham to London - without stopping.