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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;
    archaic scotch
  • 4 I've got a score to settle with you
    grievance, bone to pick, axe to grind, grudge, complaint;
    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;
    British  the state of play;
    North American  the 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 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;
    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
    rare instrument
  • 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
    archaic scotch
  • 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
    informal get/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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