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Count against

(intransitive, preposition) to have influence to the disadvantage of: your bad timekeeping will count against you
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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