Have importance or worth, as in Doesn't his long tenure count for anything? or Does this tournament count for computer points? This usage employs count in the sense of “enter into a reckoning.” [Mid-1800s]
count for nothing. Have no influence or effect, as in All his work counts for nothing since they've dropped the project. This idiom was first recorded in 1861.
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In other words, the free speech exhibited by the folks at Charlie Hebdo was not virtuous—until there was a body count.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Sands was involved in a scandalous-for-the-time romance with the carpenter and there were rumors she was pregnant with his child.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The Walking Dead piled up an impressive body count in 2014, with Lizzie, Hershel, and Beth among its major casualties.The Red Viper, Zoe Barnes, and the Best Fictional Deaths of 2014|Melissa Leon|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
There was no mistaking this for the gaudiness and gilt of made-for-TV awards shows.
But as one Jordanian intelligence source told The Daily Beast, “we know ISIS and we know that for it women do not normally count.”
When the reserve transfers are completed checks in transit can no longer count as reserves.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
Francesco Bussone di Carmagnola, count de Castlenuovo, executed.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
This is a big country, but you can count on the fingers of one hand the places where a man can spend money.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
He was thrashed at home by Aunty Rosa on the same count, and then the placard was produced.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
So, madame, I count upon your influence with mademoiselle to see that she is ready to set out by noon to-morrow.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini