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obsolete A bill or other account of charges that is not itemized or detailed in any way and that is usually irregularly high. The disparaging use of the word "Dutch" is a reference to the fierce rivalry between England and the Dutch in the 17th century. At the end of our stay in the country hotel, we were a little nonplussed at the Dutch reckoning with which we were presented by the concierge.
reckon without (one's) host
To plan without taking into account all the necessary or important factors or people. It was originally used to describe one who did not consult one's host, such as an innkeeper, when calculating one's lodging expenses. A: "You made plans for Mother's Day without even asking your mom what she wants to do?" B: "I know, I really reckoned without my host on that one."
day of reckoning
The day on which something must be confronted or becomes unavoidable. This term originated in the Bible. Well, it's the day of reckoning now—whether you studied or not, you have to take the test.
reckon with (someone or something)
To prepare for, deal with, or take into account someone or something. The new president will have to reckon with the angry voices of all those who voted for him if he fails to deliver on his campaign promises. Not only do I have to pay for the car to be fixed, but I now have to reckon with a big increase in my car insurance premiums. The attorney may look petite and meek, but she's a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom.
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out of the reckoning
Not in a position of possible success, importance, or impact. Most often used in relation to sports and athletes. Primarily heard in UK. With the stunning defeat, the former champions have been knocked out of the reckoning for a league title. It looks like this injury could take the captain out of the reckoning for the rest of the season.
in the reckoning
In a position of possible success, importance, or impact. Most often used in relation to sports and athletes. Primarily heard in UK. With the huge upset victory, the team is now in the reckoning for a chance at the championship. He'll have to perform a lot better in the next match if he wants to remain in the reckoning for the Manchester team.
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into the reckoning
Into a position of possible success, importance, or impact. Most often used in relation to sports and athletes. Primarily heard in UK. The team's former star is looking to come back into the reckoning now that his injury is fully healed. The exhibition match puts lesser-known players a chance to force their way into the reckoning by putting them at the central focus of the game.
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reckon on (something)
To consider or anticipate something as a factor in some decision, situation, or outcome. I thought we'd have enough money for a deposit on a house, but we hadn't reckoned on needing to pay for Sophie's trip to the emergency room. They reckoned on spending about $2,000 on flights and hotels in Europe.
To fail to consider or anticipate something as a factor in some decision, situation, or outcome. I thought we'd have enough money for a deposit on a house, but we reckoned without needing to pay for Sophie's trip to the emergency room. Too many companies reckon without the pitfalls that make insurance like this an absolute necessity.
reckon without someone
to fail to think about someone. He thought he'd get away with his crime, but he reckoned without the FBI agents. He had thought he was gone for sure, but he had reckoned without the paramedics.
Short reckonings make long friends.
Prov. If you borrow something from a friend, pay it back as soon as possible so that the two of you remain friendly. Now that you've finished using Bert's saw, take it right back to him. Short reckonings make long friends.
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a day of reckoning
The day of reckoning or a day of reckoning, is a time when people are forced to deal with an unpleasant situation which they have avoided until now. The day of reckoning has arrived. You can't keep writing checks on a bank account that doesn't have any money in it. We consulted a sympathetic attorney, and prepared for a day of reckoning. Note: According to the Bible, when the world ends, there will be a day of reckoning, when God will judge everyone's actions and send them either to heaven or hell.
day of reckoningthe time when past mistakes or misdeeds must be punished or paid for; a testing time when the degree of your success or failure will be revealed.
This expression refers to the Day of Judgement, on which, according to Christian tradition, human beings will have to answer to God for their transgressions.
the day of ˈreckoning(formal) the time when good actions, successes, etc. or bad actions, failures, etc. will be made known and punished or rewarded: Tomorrow is the day of reckoning; the accountant will tell me what my profits were and how much tax I’ll have to pay.
in/into/out of the ˈreckoning(especially British English) (especially in sport) among/not among those who are likely to win or be successful: Phelan is fit again and could come into the reckoning.
To fail to consider or deal with someone or something; ignore someone or something: They thought it would be an easy victory, but they had reckoned without the determination of their enemy.