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body count

the number of soldiers killed in a specific period or in a particular military action:
The daily body count increased as the war went on.
Origin of body count
First recorded in 1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Rescue squads--the familiar ambulance, fire brigades were attempting a body count in the rubble of O'Leary's.

    The Land of Look Behind Paul Cameron Brown
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body count


  1. The total number of casualties after a conflict: daily body count increased as the war went on
  2. The total number of people affected in a shakeup or bad situation: body count after the layoffs
  3. The total number of people present: body count at the meeting
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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