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count the cost

Definition of count the cost

  1. :  to feel the bad effects of a mistake, accident, etc. <He was careless and now he's counting the cost.>



Word by Word Definitions

countplay
  1. :  to indicate or name by units or groups so as to find the total number of units involved :  number

    :  to name the numbers in order up to and including

    :  to include in a tallying and reckoning

  1. :  the action or process of counting

    :  a total obtained by counting :  tally

    :  reckoning, account

  1. :  a European nobleman whose rank corresponds to that of a British earl

costplay
  1. :  the amount or equivalent paid or charged for something :  price

    :  the outlay or expenditure (as of effort or sacrifice) made to achieve an object

    :  loss or penalty incurred especially in gaining something

  1. :  to require expenditure or payment

    :  to require effort, suffering, or loss

    :  to have a price of


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