count the cost


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But a technologically powerful country needn’t count the cost; the United States certainly didn’t. IEEE Spectrum, 17 May 2023 Businesses count the cost Although Britain voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, its exit from the single market and customs union was finalized only on December 24, 2020, when the two sides finally agreed a free trade deal. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 24 Dec. 2022 That did not count the cost of power for pumping the water — 600,000 acre-feet a year, or enough for well over a million households — uphill across the Great Plains. Brandon Loomis,, 14 Dec. 2022 The release of the CBO report revived a long-running debate among economic experts over how to appropriately count the cost of the debt cancellation. Jeff Stein And Danielle Douglas-gabriel, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Sep. 2022 And that doesn’t count the cost of the bronze grave markers, mandatory at Pinelawn (which bars traditional gravestones in favor of markers that are flush to the ground). Carson Kessler, ProPublica, 25 July 2022 Ukrainians living in and around the city are only now beginning to count the cost of the destruction wrought by weeks of Russian shelling and occupation. Matt Bradley, NBC News, 19 May 2022 Lakisha Stinson would count the cost differently. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Aug. 2021 In trying to reach the free-shipping threshold, shoppers can’t count the cost of shipping and handling, taxes, gift cards or gift wrap. oregonlive, 29 Nov. 2020 See More

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“Count the cost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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