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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;
  • 4 I've got a score to settle with you
    grievance, bone to pick, axe to grind, grudge, complaint;
    rarecrow 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;
    British the state of play;
    North American the lay of the land
    informalthe 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
    informallots, 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 informalshedloads, a shedload
    North American informala slew, a bunch, gazillions, gobs, bazillions
    Australian/New Zealand informala swag
    vulgar slanga shitload
    literarymyriad, divers
    [Antonyms] few
  • Phrases

    on this/that score

    there were no complaints on that score
    on this/that subject, as/so far as this/that is/was concerned, in this/that respect, about this/that, on this/that matter, as regards this/that

    pay off/settle old scores

    he can't resist settling old scores—the book is full of retaliatory digs and sneers
    take (one's) revenge, hit back at someone, get back at someone, retaliate, get even, get one's own back, pay someone back, give someone a dose/taste of their own medicine, pay 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;
    informalnotch 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
    informalbe 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;
    carve, engrave
  • Phrases

    score points off

    Harry was continually seeking ways to score points off Sam
    get the better of, gain an advantage over, outdo, best, worst, have the edge over;
    have the last laugh on, make a fool of, humiliate
    informalget/be one up on, get one over on

    score something out/through

    she scored out the last word
    cross out, strike out, put a line through, ink out, blue-pencil, scratch out;
    delete, obliterate, expunge

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