Count against

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

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count against

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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