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counting house

noun
1.
a building or office used by the accounting and bookkeeping department of a business.
Origin of counting house
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50
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  • The sunshine seemed to come with her into the counting house that was all gloom.

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  • Mr. Medlin led the way out of the counting house, and Bob followed.

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  • As far as I have seen in the counting house, I should not have taken him to be musical.

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  • He immediately promoted him to a clerkship in the counting house.

  • He came back, beaten, to the windmill and the counting house in 1797.

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  • No, they came from the plow, the workshop, and the counting house.

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  • He passed twice through the counting house while I was there.

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  • He was at first employed as a clerk in the counting house of a maternal uncle, who was a merchant of New York.

    Early American Plays Oscar Wegelin
  • At one minute to five he went down, so as to open the counting house door as the clock struck.

    Held Fast For England

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  • On alighting from the coach he walked to Philpot Lane, and went straight into the counting house.

    Held Fast For England

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British Dictionary definitions for counting house

counting house

noun
1.
(rare, mainly Brit) a room or building used by the accountants of a business
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