- 1The number of points, goals, runs, etc. achieved in a game or by a team or an individual: the final score was 4-3 to RoystonMore example sentences
- US soccer fans will be alerted to goals scored and conceded, along with half-time and full-time scores every time their team plays.
- Students counted daily attendances and absences, team numbers, scores in games, chairs and tables, and counted down the days to important events in their lives.
- The final score reflected the home team's dominance, although the Oxford athletes put on a good show and should be encouraged by their performances at such an early stage of the season.
- 1.1 • informal An act of gaining a goal or point in a game.More example sentences
- This bonus is potentially the most important score for players, as it helps fill up your flash-o-meter.
- The only other score of the game came at the end of the third quarter for the Pipers on a 23-yard field goal attempt.
- Munson snuck into the end zone from two yards out for the Scots' second touchdown score.
- 1.2A rating or grade, such as a mark achieved in a test: an IQ score of 161More example sentences
- Grades and test scores are important, but what a student can bring to a university community can sometimes be even more significant.
- Impressive test scores and grades help, of course.
- Also, children whose mothers gave disapproving looks, criticized them and gave support had lower verbal and math scores on the IQ test.
- 1.3 (the score) • informal The state of affairs; the facts about the present situation: ‘What’s wrong Simon? What’s the score?’
- 1.5 • informal The proceeds of a crime: robbers usually case a score a few times before they go inMore example sentences
- He's going to make one last big score, get out of the business.
- 2 (plural same) A group or set of twenty or about twenty: a score of men lost their lives in the battle Doyle’s success brought imitators by the scoreMore example sentences
- Reports came swarming in by the score, of the damage done to the coastal towns and forests.
- Now he's at it again, wiping out landmarks by the score.
- For a city with hotels by the score, Seattle can be a tough place to find a bed.
- 2.1 (scores of) A large number of something: he sent scores of enthusiastic letters to friendsMore example sentences
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 atBritish • informal shedloads, a shedloadAustralian/New Zealand • informal a swag• vulgar slang a shitload
- Air speeds of a few thousand miles an hour are of little use in the exploration of planets scores of million miles away, let alone solar systems light years beyond our own.
- When he returned, 17 years later, it was as a hugely successful entertainer with scores of hit records to his credit.
- Islam is a religion with hundreds of millions of followers in scores of diverse countries.
- 3A written representation of a musical composition showing all the vocal and instrumental parts arranged one below the other.More example sentences
- Ideally, one might wish for translations to the texts of the vocal examples and a few more musical scores for the CDs, so that one could follow more of the points being made.
- Many were the instruments and singers interchanging scores and vocal lines during the Baroque Era.
- The top floor features bedrooms, the Maestro's old study-work room, and copious shelving for books, musical scores and the like.
- 3.1The music composed for a film or play: a film scoreMore example sentences
- While Carpenter is known as a great director, he's also very good at creating atmospheric music scores for his films.
- From popular music genres to various folk musics to film score and cartoon soundtracks - any style is fair game.
- Elmer Bernstein composed the musical scores of five feature films in 1953, his third year as a film composer.
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- 1Gain (a point, goal, run, etc.) in a competitive game: McCartney scored a fine goal [no object]: Wilson outstripped his marker to scoreMore example sentences
- He scored a record 49 times for England in 106 games, but is equally hailed for his sense of fair play.
- Mark scored one of the most amazing baskets ever, it was unbelievable.
- On April 16th he scored a total of 61 points against the Atlanta Hawks setting a new NBA record.
- 1.1Be worth (a number of points): a yes answer scores ten pointsMore example sentences
- The higher card wins and that player sets that card aside scoring the number of pips on it.
- On each hand your team scores the total number of penalty points you have taken in your tricks.
- And quibbles they are: as a film which, from the outset, devotes itself unashamedly to style over substance, it scores top marks.
- 1.4 • informal Secure (a success or an advantage): the band scored a hit singleMore example sentences
- The 2nd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division (on camera) scored a significant success earlier in the day.
- With the labor-union allies it has cultivated, it has even helped create new parties that have scored real successes.
- From its first appearance on the New York art-scene it scored a triumph with collectors.
- 1.5 (score off) British • informal Outdo or humiliate (someone) in an argument.More example sentences
- He does not radiate the same enjoyment in scoring off Tony Blair as he did when his main targets were the Crown and Conservatism, both social and political.
- It's clear that Joyce used the first part to score off his erstwhile friends-turned-enemies.
- 1.6 • informal Buy or acquire (something, typically illegal drugs): Sally had scored some acidMore example sentences
- A dope dealer doesn't just pop up on my computer and say, This is how you can score illegal drugs.
- Deena rarely saw her mom because her mom was always away partying and trying to score drugs.
- Even the one older character, Rory, is a screwed-up social worker who scores drugs from his clients.
- 1.7 [no object] • informal Succeed in attracting a sexual partner for a casual encounter: he thought he could score with bimbos by telling crude jokesMore example sentences
- Finally, after decades of foreplay, a gay man on TV scored.
- You don't have to have nerves of steel to score with women.
- Straight men who want to score with their women look to us for advice.
- 2Orchestrate or arrange (a piece of music), typically for a specified instrument or instruments: the Quartet Suite was scored for flute, violin, viola da gamba, and continuoMore example sentences
- I'd love to work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra to score the music for one of his titles.
- Music is also scored to the fight action and to that rhythm.
- So, I will be working with Martinu's Double Concerto - scored for two strings orchestras, piano and timpani.
- 2.1Compose the music for (a film or play): he’d previously scored the first and fifth filmsMore example sentences
- The music coordinators must have run out of ideas because much of the film is scored with other movie soundtracks.
- On top of that, he also scores the entire film with surf music.
- I scored the film to Howard Hanson's ‘Fantasy Variations on a Theme of Youth.’
- 3Cut or scratch a notch or line on (a surface): score the card until you cut throughMore example sentences
- Its white sides are scored and scratched, and my vines have spilled over the edge of the deck.
- He put his hands down on the table, letting his claws score the wooden surface lightly.
- Carefully place the pastry rounds on a large non-stick baking sheet and score the surface in a diamond pattern, using the tip of a small sharp knife.
- 3.1 (score something out/through) Delete text by drawing a line through it.More example sentences
- That influx of perhaps tens of thousands of visitors was lost when he scored a red line through the solo bid proposal.
- Thus, with reference to a picture depicting Tobias, Rembrandt (which can be seen under the line scoring it through) was the first name that came to the experts' minds.
- ‘Further entries were scored out in black felt-tip marker pen and cannot be read by the naked eye,’ said the tribunal report.
- 4 Medicine & Biology Examine (experimentally treated cells, bacterial colonies, etc.), making a record of the number showing a particular character: the aim should be to score between fifty and one hundred mitotic cellsMore example sentences
- One hundred randomly selected metaphase cells were scored for the presence of chromatid gaps and breaks.
- She says the traditional approach for evaluating a fluid milk's sensory characteristics scores the product against a list of commonly found defects.
keep (the) score
- Register the score of a game as it is made.More example sentences
- Those people can feel the fine balance between linear and interactive, between rules and freedom, between keeping score and not keeping score.
- The variety of techniques used for keeping score in games is extremely diverse.
- The game isn't over when you suit up and trot out onto the field; you gotta play the game and keep score, too.
know the score
- • informal Be aware of the essential facts about a situation: he had already appeared in a dozen films, and knew the score before he reached HollywoodMore example sentences
- You know the score - in fact, the movie plays out like a cross between The Outsiders and Mean Streets, minus the former's style and the latter's smarts.
- She's a great family pet at home but once at work she knows the score.
- He added: ‘The jazz festival has been taking place for years and everyone knows the score.’
on the score of
- British Because of: power-driven hedge trimmers tend to get a bad press on the score of dangerMore example sentences
- I received a number of polite objections to this admittedly ingenious line of argument - on the score of all three anomalies.
- Jefferson was himself sensitive on the score of religion: some of his enemies in the Federalist Party had accused him of secret atheism.
- To God, and not to man, are all men accountable on the score of religion.
on that (or this) score
- So far as that (or this) is concerned: my priority was to blend new faces into the team and we have succeeded on that scoreMore example sentences
- Beaverbrook, who freely admitted running his newspapers for propaganda, had no cause for concern on that score.
- All this elaborate housing would still be neat, but nonetheless inconsequential, if it didn't match the music it housed, though, and on that score, it succeeds again.
- I was able to ameliorate her concerns on that score and she relaxed, but just a bit.
settle (or pay) a (or the) score
- 1Take revenge on someone for something damaging that they have done in the past: his 957-page book also appears to be a chance to settle old scoresMore example sentences
grievance, bone to pick, axe to grind, grudge, complaint; dispute, bone of contention• rare crow to pluckget one's own back, pay someone back, give someone a dose/taste of their own medicine, pay someone back in their own coin
- And we settled a score with Steve, who beat me on the North West Stages this year, but finished 15 seconds behind us!
- Each wanted to settle the score and claim that Hip-Hop Culture began and thrived on their home turf, when in fact both places probably had the same amount of youth on the street developing the culture that we know today as Hip-Hop.
- ‘They're a team we lost to in the first half of the season so we'd like to settle the score,’ he said.
- 2 • dated Pay off a debt or other obligation.More example sentences
- But the company did ultimately agree to settle the score, even if resolution came too late to save your family vacation.
- It can also be a wallowing in the past and all the wrongs it wrought, a desire to return and settle the score, to remake what we regret.
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- After a scoreless first half, the senior midfielder scored her fourth goal of the season in the 67th minute to put the Clan ahead 1-0.
- SFU held Alberta scoreless for the first nine minutes of the second half and to just 11 field goals in the game as the Clan held an opponent under 40 points for the third time this season.
- The Scots redoubled their efforts in the second half, firing 10 shots at the Oles' goal, but the game remained scoreless after 90 minutes.
late Old English scoru 'set of twenty', from Old Norse skor 'notch, tally, twenty', of Germanic origin; related to shear. The verb (late Middle English) is from Old Norse skora 'make an incision'.