Slang definitions & phrases for stand up and be counted
stand up and be counted
To announce and be accountable for one's convictions, opinions, etc; not be afraid to speak up: Maybe a lot agree with you, but they won't stand up and be counted(1900s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D. Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers. Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with stand up and be counted
Reveal one's convictions or opinions, especially when it requires courage to do so. For example, Stop muttering your complaints about the music; stand up and be counted if you want something changed. The counted in this expression alludes to having one's vote on a matter acknowledged.
[ c. 1900