Synonyms of score in English:



  • 1 the final score was 4–3
    result, outcome; number of goals/runs/points, total, sum total, tally, count
  • 2 an IQ score of 161
  • 3 check the shaft for rust, scores, and any other types of damage
    scratch, nick, notch, snick, scrape, groove, chip, cut, gouge, incision, slit, gash; mark
    archaic scotch
  • 4 I've got a score to settle with you
    grievance, bone to pick, axe to grind, grudge, complaint; dispute, bone of contention
    rare crow to pluck
  • 5 (the score) informal he knew the score before he got here
    the situation, the position, the facts, the truth of the matter, the (true) state of affairs, the picture, the story, how things stand, the lie of the land; Britishthe state of play; North Americanthe lay of the land
    informal the set-up, what's what
  • 6 he had resigned on the score of ill health
    grounds, reason, basis, count; cause, motive, rationale
  • 7 (scores) police have received scores of complaints scores of people attended his funeral
    a great many, a lot, a great/good deal, a large/great number/amount, great quantities, plenty, a host, hosts, a crowd, crowds, droves, a bevy, bevies, an army, armies, a horde, hordes, a flock, flocks, herds, a throng, throngs, legions, a multitude, multitudes, a swarm, swarms; copious, abundant, profuse, an abundance, a profusion
    informal lots, umpteen, loads, masses, stacks, scads, heaps, piles, bags, tons, oodles, dozens, hundreds, thousands, millions, billions, zillions, more … than one can shake a stick at
    British informal shedloads, a shedload
    North American informal a slew, a bunch, gazillions, gobs, bazillions
    Australian/New Zealand informal a swag
    vulgar slang a shitload
    literary myriad, divers
    [Antonyms] few
  • Phrases

    on this/that score

    there were no complaints on that scoreon this/that subjectas/so far as this/that is/was concernedin this/that respectabout this/thaton this/that matteras regards this/that

    pay off/settle old scores

    he can't resist settling old scores—the book is full of retaliatory digs and sneerstake (one's) revengehit back at someoneget back at someoneretaliateget evenget one's own backpay someone backgive someone a dose/taste of their own medicinepay someone back in their own coin


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  • 1 he has already scored 13 goals for Aston Villa this season
    get, gain, chalk up, win, achieve, attain, make; record
    informal notch up, bag, knock up, rack up
  • 2 when I was your age I spent every summer weekend scoring for my father's village cricket team
    keep (the) score, keep count, keep a record, keep a tally
  • 3 informal his new movie really scored
    be successful, be a success, achieve success, win, triumph, make an impression, have an impact, go down well, get an enthusiastic reception
    informal be a hit, be a winner, be a sell-out, go down a storm
  • 4 the Quartet Suite was scored for flute, violin, viola da gamba, and continuo
    orchestrate, arrange, set, adapt; write, compose
  • 5 score the wood in criss-cross patterns
    scratch, cut, make a notch/notches in, make a groove/grooves in, notch, incise, scrape, nick, snick, chip, gouge, slit, gash; mark; cross-hatch; carve, engrave
    archaic scotch
  • Phrases

    score points off

    Harry was continually seeking ways to score points off Samget the better ofgain an advantage overoutdobestworsthave the edge overhave the last laugh onmake a fool ofhumiliate informalget/be one up onget one over on

    score something out/through

    she scored out the last wordcross outstrike output a line throughink outblue-pencilscratch outdeleteobliterateexpunge

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