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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.
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.
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 gives lesser-known players a chance to force their way into the reckoning.
See also: reckoning
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.
reckon (someone or something) among (someone or something)
To consider someone or something to belong to or be a part of some particular group of like people or things. While she is a really great person, I don't reckon patience among one of her strongest virtues. I hope you know that I reckon you among my very best friends. He reckons himself among the greatest writers of this century, but he's really just pretentious.
reckon (someone or something) as (someone or something)
To consider or think of someone or something in a particular way or as being some particular thing. I've always reckoned you as a friend, Jennifer. Analysts are already reckoning this as one of the most influential presidencies in the history of the country.
reckon (someone or something) into (something)
To include or figure some number or people or things into a greater sum or calculation. Be sure you reckon Janet's husband and kids into your numbers for the people coming to the reception. We haven't reckoned these sales into the total figures for this quarter.
reckon for (something)
obsolete To be held accountable for something; to settle accounts for something. These are sins that must be reckoned for before we pass from this Earth. You will be asked to reckon for the debts you have accrued while here.
To include or figure some number or people or things into a greater sum or calculation. A noun or pronoun can be used between "reckon" and "in." Be sure you reckon Janet's husband and kids in your numbers when you're counting everyone who's coming to the reception. We haven't reckoned in these sales yet, so the figures for this past financial quarter are a little off.
reckon on (someone or something)
1. 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.
2. To depend or rely on someone or something. I have always reckoned on my father for advice. I just don't know what to do now that he's gone. We are reckoning on the support of the other political party to pass this legislation.
reckon upon (someone or something)
1. To consider or anticipate something as a factor in some decision, situation, or outcome. (A more formal and old-fashioned variant of "reckon on.") They didn't reckon upon the overwhelmingly negative reaction to their announcement. We reckoned upon running into a few obstacles when we first started planning this project. The criminal hadn't reckoned upon a detective being aboard the train with him.
2. To depend or rely on someone or something. I have always reckoned upon my father for advice. I just don't know what to do now that he's gone. We must not reckon on their concurrence on this matter, for they shall not change their position.
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.
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."
reckon without (someone or something)
To fail to consider or anticipate someone or 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.
short reckonings make long friends
proverb Settling debts or returning borrowed items as quickly as possible helps to maintain healthy friendships. I know you won't be able to pay me all this money back right away, but just remember that short reckonings make long friends. I hate having something that someone lent to me, because I know that short reckonings make long friends.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
the day of reckoningor
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.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
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.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
day of reckoning
The time when one is called to account. The idea no doubt comes from the biblical Day of Judgment, when Jesus is supposed to return to earth for God’s final sentence on mankind. The day of reckoning came to have a somewhat more benign meaning, referring to paying one’s debts, or accounting for one’s actions. The expression became common in the nineteenth century. “There will be a day of reckoning sooner or later,” wrote Dickens (Nicholas Nickleby, 1838).
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer