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Definition of score noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    points/goals, etc.
  1. 1[countable] the number of points, goals, etc. scored by each player or team in a game or competition a high/low score What's the score now? The final score was 4–3. I'll keep (the) score. A penalty in the last minute of the game leveled the score 2–2.
  2. 2[countable] the number of points someone gets for correct answers on a test test scores an IQ score of 120 a perfect score
  3. music
  4. 3[countable] a written or printed version of a piece of music showing what each instrument is to play or what each voice is to sing an orchestral score the score of Verdi's “Requiem”
  5. 4[countable] the music written for a movie or play an award for best original score
  6. twenty
  7. 5[countable] (pl. score) a set or group of 20 or approximately 20 Several cabs and a score of cars were parked outside. Doyle's success brought imitators by the score (= very many). the biblical age of three score years and ten (= 70)
  8. many
  9. 6scores [plural] very many There were scores of boxes and crates, all waiting to be checked and loaded.
  10. cut
  11. 7[countable] a cut in a surface, made with a sharp tool
  12. facts about situation
  13. 8the score [singular] (informal) the real facts about the present situation What's the score? You don't have to lie to me. Iknow the score.
  14. Idioms
    even the score
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    to harm or punish someone who has harmed or cheated you in the past
    on that/this score
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    as far as that/this is concerned You don't have to worry on that score.
    settle a score/an account (with somebody), settle an old score
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    to hurt or punish someone who has harmed or cheated you in the past “Who would do such a thing?” “Maybe someone with an old score to settle.”
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: score