• The German Fischer, the two Americans no longer count in the outcome of the race, the Hungarian alone is battling the three Japanese.

I happened to read this sentence while browsing web and wondered what that count in would mean. I looked up the dictionary, but it says count in only has meaning of including something in a count of something, which didn't quite explain why. I suppose the count in above kind of means "to consider"?

  • To count: 7. (intr) to have value, importance, or influence thefreedictionary.com/count. No longer count in the outcome of the race.
    – user66974
    Aug 28, 2015 at 7:10
  • @Josh61 Then, count in isn't a phrasal verb as a whole, but count is an intransitive and in is a preposition? I thought it was somehow a phrasal verb--or some idiom--because there are some dictionaries, including The free dictionary, saying count in works as an idiom. http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/count+in
    – hjjg200
    Aug 28, 2015 at 7:17
  • As you can see in from your link and from the expression count me in, the meaning is different and unrelated to your sentence. In your sentence it is not a phrasal verb. – idioms.thefreedictionary.com/count+me+in
    – user66974
    Aug 28, 2015 at 7:31

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They no longer count in the race


They no longer matter in the race

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