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informal often in imperativeMake a calculation or come to a conclusion based on the relevant facts and figures, typically with the implication that the result is or should be obvious.
‘diesel prices in my area are approximately 7% more than regular gas, but the mileage is over 20% greater—do the math’
‘did closing thirty beds hurt emergency waiting times? You do the math!’
‘If you do the math, you can see it was hardly risky at all.’
‘Six kids, one bathroom—you do the math.’
‘We got a couple hundred boxes per show, and we played 200 shows a year, so do the math!’
‘The whole thing's smelly already, I think the people can do the math, don't you?’
‘Since the first film in this series was pretty bad, well, I think you can do the math.’
‘Because we've done the math on this before, we'll leave it alone and assume that the president is counting on a huge surge in revenues.’
‘Spooner did the math, figured he would lose money on anything more than 3 cents a click, and declined the offer.’
‘I did the math on cable once when I moved, and figured I'd be paying about $10 a show, so I never bothered to get it hooked up.’
‘So do the math before committing your college savings to a plan that's going to fritter away your tax benefits.’
‘Many companies pay lip service to the notion that employees are their most valuable assets, but few have actually done the math.’