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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Counter-caster.
 
One who keeps accounts, or casts up accounts by counters. Thus, in The Winter’s Tale, the Clown says, “Fifteen hundred shorn; what comes the wool to? I cannot do ’t without counters.” (Act iv. s. 3.)   1
       
“And what was he?
       
Forsooth, a great arithmetician, …
And I … must be belee’d and calmed
By debitor and creditor, this counter-caster.”
       
Shakespeare: Othello, i. 1.
 


 Countenance (To).Countercheck Quarrelsome (The). 

 
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