- (intr, preposition) to have influence to the disadvantage ofyour bad timekeeping will count against you
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Be disadvantageous to, as in His earnings this year will count against his Social Security benefits. This idiom uses count in the sense of “make a reckoning,” in this case negative. [Early 1900s]
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