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’
    • ‘Two pupils, Georgie Bennett and Kate Staines, scored full marks in all six modules in their Geography A-levels.’
    • ‘During this period the village obtained full marks on six different occasions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘John Hughes told a parent after the competition that in all his years adjudicating he has never awarded full marks before.’
    • ‘Very soon, Ronald will be appearing for his physical fitness test and is sure to score full marks.’
    • ‘Five students secured top marks in maths, physics, chemistry and biology by scoring full marks in the subjects.’
    • ‘He told us later that he would have considered awarding full marks for anyone who had simply written ‘None.’’
    • ‘The region was also awarded full marks for emptying public bins.’
    • ‘The South African living in Edinburgh remembered only one of the cards before his drink and then scored full marks in the second round.’
    • ‘And I give the national chief full marks for the courage he's shown to walk a different path.’
    • ‘Three teams obtained full marks and were awarded £40 from Woodgrange Technologies.’
    • ‘According to the committee, 464 students scored full marks in mathematics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some of them have scored full marks in their A levels.’
    • ‘When her teacher made this change last year, my daughter started scoring full marks.’
    • ‘Young couple Alan Whiting and Rachel Hole were the toast of Melksham after scoring full marks in a pub Valentine's Day competition.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The rules are: no tea bags, milk in last, hot water on the side - and Claridge's scores full marks on all that.’
    • ‘As one of the City's corporatised units, the Johannesburg Zoo scored full marks for its recent revamp and maintenance.’
    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’
      • ‘A cast of seven all work incredibly hard, and full marks must go to Tim and Suzanne for playing three parts each.’
      • ‘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.’


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