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Difference between Count the cost and Count the pennies

count the costestimate the advantages and disadvantages of an undertaking:

  • Riding out, they didn’t count the cost; they had one end in view—to serve their king.

count the pennies —(also: count pennies) calculate costs carefully; be economical:

  • That [dinner] was very expensive too. I wasn’t in the mood to count the pennies.