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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.
But the firms were left counting the cost not just of Wednesday's result in Paris, but also the fact that Ireland will not be in South Africa.
Donald was still counting the cost of his round as he has pledged to donate $5000 for every birdie to Japan's earthquake relief fund.
Summary: The coalition Government is counting the cost after the minister charged with slashing public spending quit over expenses abuses.
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A QUIET village was counting the cost today of flash flooding thought to have claimed the life of an elderly motorist who "lived for his church and for his people".
BOXING: Junior Witter is counting the cost of his WBC light-welterweight title defeat to American Timothy Bradley, but insists he will be back to regain his crown.
South Korea captain Lee Won-jae is still counting the cost of his late-night drinking session during the Asian Cup in July.
THE poultry industry was today counting the cost of Britain's first outbreak of the potentially deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.
QPR manager Ian Holloway is counting the cost of leaving his Matalan coat at Blackburn's Ewood Park.
Ministers are already counting the cost of a Labour rebellion last night which saw peers push through drastic amendments, curbing the Government's powers under the Bill.
Boxer Herbie Hide was last night counting the cost after his trainer accidentally set fire to more than pounds 4,000.
A fed-up Ferrari owner was last night counting the cost of a spin.
FTER a day when the ANorth East was again left counting the cost of flood damage, the prospect of sending some of our spare water to the South may seem appealing.
ANNAN ATHLETIC have been left counting the cost of the Arctic conditions after losing out on a Scottish Cup cash coup.