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Count out the House

(To). To declare the House of Commons adjourned because there are not forty members present. The Speaker has his attention called to the fact, and must himself count the number present. If he finds there are not forty members present, he declares the sitting over.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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