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counting house

noun
1.
a building or office used by the accounting and bookkeeping department of a business.
Origin of counting house
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English
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  • On alighting from the coach he walked to Philpot Lane, and went straight into the counting house.

    Held Fast For England G. A. Henty
  • Mr. Medlin led the way out of the counting house, and Bob followed.

    Held Fast For England G. A. Henty
  • As far as I have seen in the counting house, I should not have taken him to be musical.

    Held Fast For England G. A. Henty
  • He immediately promoted him to a clerkship in the counting house.

  • The use of this Grecian temple as a counting house is a splendid example of the poetic tendency of a popular mind.

  • He came back, beaten, to the windmill and the counting house in 1797.

    Through East Anglia in a Motor Car J. E. (James Edmund) Vincent
  • Each Christmas a clerk in the counting house has handed me an extra sovereign—to buy sweets with, I suppose!

    Jacob's Ladder E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • No, they came from the plow, the workshop, and the counting house.

    Ishmael Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • The day was grey and definitely cold; a small cannon stove glowed in the counting house; but Ludowika kept mostly to her room.

    The Three Black Pennys Joseph Hergesheimer
  • He passed twice through the counting house while I was there.

    Dombey and Son Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for counting house

counting house

noun
1.
(rare, mainly Brit) a room or building used by the accountants of a business
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