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 the number of times he's repaid me on the fingers of one hand.
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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
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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
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This, after all, is an industry in which powerful female executives can be counted on the fingers of one hand. And female directors number in about the same range.
Their attempts at armed insurrection against their oppressors can be counted on the fingers of one hand, and consequently, it would appear, they have lived under domination by everyone from the Vatican to the Hapsburgs to the Nazis to the Soviets for all but a few years of their history.