Definition of full marks in English:

full marks

plural noun

  • 1The maximum award in an examination or assessment.

    ‘one in six adults got full marks’
    • ‘And I give the national chief full marks for the courage he's shown to walk a different path.’
    • ‘The rules are: no tea bags, milk in last, hot water on the side - and Claridge's scores full marks on all that.’
    • ‘Nicola got full marks in English Literature and full marks in five out of six general studies papers as well as A grades in History and Chemistry.’
    • ‘Some of them have scored full marks in their A levels.’
    • ‘A lot of hard work and study went into learning no less than twenty words for the test and nearly all the pupils scored full marks.’
    • ‘The South African living in Edinburgh remembered only one of the cards before his drink and then scored full marks in the second round.’
    • ‘During this period the village obtained full marks on six different occasions.’
    • ‘As one of the City's corporatised units, the Johannesburg Zoo scored full marks for its recent revamp and maintenance.’
    • ‘When her teacher made this change last year, my daughter started scoring full marks.’
    • ‘Very soon, Ronald will be appearing for his physical fitness test and is sure to score full marks.’
    • ‘John Hughes told a parent after the competition that in all his years adjudicating he has never awarded full marks before.’
    • ‘The competition was entered by 62,000 primary school children, whittled down to 1,124 who sat the final paper and finally to winner Ruth - who was the only one in the country to get full marks.’
    • ‘The examiner gave her full marks for one of the pieces, which is just amazing.’
    • ‘Three teams obtained full marks and were awarded £40 from Woodgrange Technologies.’
    • ‘The region was also awarded full marks for emptying public bins.’
    • ‘He told us later that he would have considered awarding full marks for anyone who had simply written ‘None.’’
    • ‘Two pupils, Georgie Bennett and Kate Staines, scored full marks in all six modules in their Geography A-levels.’
    • ‘According to the committee, 464 students scored full marks in mathematics.’
    • ‘Five students secured top marks in maths, physics, chemistry and biology by scoring full marks in the subjects.’
    • ‘Young couple Alan Whiting and Rachel Hole were the toast of Melksham after scoring full marks in a pub Valentine's Day competition.’
    1. 1.1 Used to show praise for someone's intelligence, hard work, or other quality.
      ‘she had to give him full marks for originality’
      • ‘The series' intensity and introverted mood meant that it did not suit all tastes, but it certainly deserves full marks for effort and originality.’
      • ‘Smith deserves full marks for originality but one gets the impression that he is attempting to force a square peg into a round hole.’
      • ‘All present were full of praise of the venue and facilities and full marks to all who keep the grounds in excellent condition.’
      • ‘A cast of seven all work incredibly hard, and full marks must go to Tim and Suzanne for playing three parts each.’


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