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score

verb uk   /skɔːr/ us    /skɔːr/

score verb (WIN)

B1 [I or T] to win or get a point, goal, etc. in a competition, sport, game, or exam: Tennant scored (a goal) in the last minute of the match. In American football, a touchdown scores (= is worth) six points. She scored 18 out of 20 in the spelling test. [I or T] to succeed in an activity or to achieve something: She has certainly scored (a success) with her latest novel. Nearly every bomb scored a hit. You have a lot of patience - that's where you score over (= are better than) your opponents. [I] UK to record the number of points won by competitors: We need someone to score for tomorrow's match.

score verb (GET)

[T] US informal to get something: I managed to score a couple of tickets to the World Cup final. [I or T] slang to get illegal drugs: She tried to score some dope in a nightclub. [I] slang to have sex with someone that you have usually just met: Did you score last night, then?

score verb (MARK)

[T] to make a mark or cut on the surface of something hard with a pointed tool, or to draw a line through writing: If you score the tile first, it will be easier to break.
See also

score verb (MUSICAL TEXT)

[T] to write or change a piece of music for particular instruments or voices: This piece is scored for strings and woodwind.
Phrasal verbs

score

noun uk   /skɔːr/ us    /skɔːr/

score noun (WIN)

B1 [C] (plural scores) the number of points, goals, etc. achieved in a game or competition: a high/low score Have you heard the latest cricket score? At half time, the score stood at (= was) two all. The final score was 3–0. Could you keep (= record) the score at this afternoon's match?

score noun (MUSIC)

[C] (plural scores) a piece of written music showing the parts for all the instruments and voices: an orchestral score [C] (plural scores) the music written for a film, play, etc.: a film score Rodgers wrote the score for/of/to 'Oklahoma!'.

score noun (ARGUMENT)

[C] (plural scores) an argument or disagreement that has existed for a long time: It's time these old scores were forgotten.

score noun (TWENTY)

[C usually singular] (plural score) formal 20 or approximately 20: He lived to be three score years and ten (= until he was 70 years old). by the score formal in large numbers: People are leaving the Nationalist Party by the score. scores [plural] a lot of things or people: Benjamin received cards from scores of local well-wishers.

score noun (SUBJECT JUST MENTIONED)

on this/that score C2 about the thing or subject that has just been mentioned: I'll let you have the money, so there's nothing to worry about on that score. "The team has great determination to win," declared the coach. "I've no doubts on that score."
(Definition of score from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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