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Difference between Count someone off and Count someone out

count someone offcount or enumerate people:

  • At the beginning of each class, I count off the students to see if the number present agrees with the attendance lists.

count someone out

1. count people as they leave:

  • The secretary counted the members out as they passed his desk.

2. not to include a person:

  • If you are going for a walk in the rain, you can count me out.

Cf.: count someone in—add or include a person into one’s plans, etc.:

  • Count me in for the party, and my husband will be coming along!

3. prevent smb. from being elected by counting the votes incorrectly:

  • He wasn’t voted out, he was counted out.