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counting house

a building or office used by the accounting and bookkeeping department of a business.
Origin of counting house
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We should decidedly have preferred to receive it in the counting-house!

    Rambles Beyond Railways; Wilkie Collins
  • At length the hour of shutting up the counting-house arrived.

    A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
  • Sarah had gone down into the counting-house, and obtained the invoice which the senior clerk had torn up.

    Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Some six months later they found him dead in his counting-house.

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • The counting-house thrilled with arguments of high strategy.

  • My father had objected to my becoming a sailor, and had placed me in his counting-house.

    In the Wilds of Africa W.H.G. Kingston
  • He first ran to the counting-house to thank Mr Gardiner briefly, but gratefully, for his indulgence.

    Principle and Practice Harriet Martineau
  • She found Mr Ferris in his counting-house, on the ground-floor.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • People divide their time between work and prayer, the kirk and the counting-house; such is life in Glasgow.

    Friend Mac Donald Max O'Rell
  • The land of Phoenicia had always been a counting-house without a soul.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
British Dictionary definitions for counting-house

counting house

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