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count the cost

To realize the negative impact that something has had; to assess the consequences. I ignored my foot injury because I didn't think it was serious, but I'm definitely counting the cost now that I need surgery.
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count the cost

mainly BRITISH
COMMON If you count the cost of something damaging or harmful, you consider the extent of the damage or harm that has been done. Meanwhile, the government has been counting the cost of this disastrous campaign. The central government is today counting the political cost of the dispute which has already prompted the resignation of one minister.
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count the cost

calculate the consequences of something, typically a careless or foolish action.
2004 The Mercury (Hobart) Aaron Mauger is on standby as the All Blacks count the cost of Saturday's loss.
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count the ˈcost


1 consider carefully what the risks or disadvantages may be before you do something: The job was attractive financially, but when I counted the cost in terms of separation from my family and friends, I decided not to take it.
2 feel the bad effects of a mistake, an accident, etc: We made a big mistake when we bought that old car, and we’re still counting the cost — it breaks down almost every week!
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Arsene Wenger was left counting the cost of a selection gamble which backfired in Arsenal's 2-1 FA Cup fourth-round win over Huddersfield after Samir Nasri suffered a hamstring injury.
ELGIN CITY are counting the cost of last year's flooding at Borough Briggs after announcing annual losses of nearly pounds 55,000.
TEACHERS were today counting the cost after the fourth fire in their school in less than a year.
The congregation has spent $1,000 this year repairing vandalism, not counting the cost of damages from this week's attack, Aldrich said.
Summary: The coalition Government is counting the cost after the minister charged with slashing public spending quit over expenses abuses.
The fire destroyed the restaurant, on Acklam Road near the Coronation pub, in the early hours of last Thursday, while neighbouring properties in the parade of shops were also left counting the cost.
HEREFORD were left counting the cost of poor finishing after they slumped to a bore-draw with Accrington Stanley.
South Korea captain Lee Won-jae is still counting the cost of his late-night drinking session during the Asian Cup in July.
RUGBY LEAGUE: Warrington were yesterday counting the cost of their bruising Challenge Cup win over Hull KR after suffering a triple injury blow.
DUDLEY Council officials were today counting the cost of an arson attack on an historic building used as training rooms and a register office.
HOMEOWNERS in one Coventry street were today counting the cost of a night of mindless vandalism.
QPR manager Ian Holloway is counting the cost of leaving his Matalan coat at Blackburn's Ewood Park.
Unseasonal bad weather has led to the worst harvest in 40 years for North East farmers with many counting the cost.
PARISHIONERS were today counting the cost of a fire at a Liverpool church after it emerged that repairs could cost pounds 200,000.