reckon with

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reckon with

  1. Take into account, be prepared for, as in The third-party movement is a force to be reckoned with during the primaries. This usage was first recorded in 1885.

  2. Deal with, as in Your lost wallet isn't the only problem we have to reckon with. Also see take into account.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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