Definition of score in US English:



  • 1The number of points, goals, runs, etc. achieved in a game or by a team or an individual.

    ‘the final score was 25–16 in favor of Washington’
    • ‘He caught the late sports scores and admitted losing a bet on a particular game.’
    • ‘Hammond went on to say the game was closer than the final score indicated, as Waterloo rebounded from conceding two goals in the first half with a Crawford marker in the second half.’
    • ‘He watched for the scores on his favorite teams and finally turned it off.’
    • ‘US soccer fans will be alerted to goals scored and conceded, along with half-time and full-time scores every time their team plays.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course, about 3.2 million people will publicly pick the final score of this game this week.’
    • ‘Despite a six-point lead at half time, the Clan narrowly escaped defeat with a final score of 76-72 in the exhibition game.’
    • ‘The final score was 90-53 as the game was played out in front of over 1,000 fans.’
    • ‘Fans and players alike know that as long as the ball is in the air as the final buzzer sounds, a team can still score and win the game provided the score is close enough.’
    • ‘The close game turned out to be low scoring, with a final score of 18-12, all points scored in the first half.’
    • ‘The Lancers, however, were able to hold onto their lead, and won the game by a final score of 60-51.’
    • ‘You're going to wind up with realistic final scores, not 60-points-for-each-side shoot-outs.’
    • ‘Waterloo won by a score of 78-67, notching their fifth win of the season.’
    • ‘After meeting in-town rival Laurier in an away game, the final score on Saturday stood at 1-1.’
    • ‘It did not matter much; what mattered most to them was the final score of the game.’
    • ‘Soon after, Western brought it down for a third goal and the final score was 3-0.’
    • ‘UW used a balanced scoring attack to double up the Paladins by a final score of 64-32.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Though the final score was close, New Zealand seemed the better team throughout the tournament.’
    • ‘The kicker Dracy McGowan finished it off with a 39-yard field goal, for a final score of 24-1.’
    result, outcome
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    1. 1.1informal An act of gaining a point, goal, or run in a game.
      • ‘Munson snuck into the end zone from two yards out for the Scots' second touchdown score.’
      • ‘Tim Bauer helped to seal the win, with a 50-yard kick return that set up the final score of the game, a three point penalty kick, also by Mr. Bauer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Girbes-Pierce hit Jarrette a third time from 2-yards out to put his team two scores ahead of the Scots.’
    2. 1.2 A rating or grade, such as a mark achieved in a test.
      ‘an IQ score of 161’
      • ‘Moreover, the rating scores for the non-native speakers were lower in level tones than contour tones, suggesting different degrees of difficulty for each tone.’
      • ‘Total the three scores on each line to get your totals.’
      • ‘Because every school must publish its test scores, parents will have a much better idea if their school lags behind others in the state.’
      • ‘Test scores increase, reading levels rise, and teachers report fewer disciplinary problems.’
      • ‘Section 4 proposes a formula for computing members' research output scores that takes into account quality, quantity and contribution aspects.’
      • ‘For both sexes there was a significant trend of increasing mean scores with increasing birth weight.’
      • ‘The boards on the walls turn out to be squad rankings, combat exercise scores, award runnings.’
      • ‘An equal percentage felt the same way about customer satisfaction scores.’
      • ‘Birthweight, indomethacin treatment, and other factors did not significantly impact children's scores on these tests.’
      • ‘Also, children whose mothers gave disapproving looks, criticized them and gave support had lower verbal and math scores on the IQ test.’
      • ‘After dividing the class in half, everyone got their partners who were to record their time scores.’
      • ‘Women with higher scores were more likely to eat nutritional food and exercise during pregnancy, said the authors.’
      • ‘Grades and test scores are important, but what a student can bring to a university community can sometimes be even more significant.’
      • ‘Parental size and peripregnancy variables by pattern of change in weight standard deviation scores between zero and two years.’
      • ‘They're proud, and you've gained way more than awesome report card scores - you've also earned some major respect.’
      • ‘For example, paying off your credit card balance or closing unneeded accounts could raise your score.’
      • ‘Customers' satisfaction scores were based on their perceptions of companies' prices, quality, and ability to meet expectations.’
      • ‘Impressive test scores and grades help, of course.’
      • ‘The weighted scores for each ulcer were then tallied to obtain a cumulative score.’
      • ‘No respondent gained a score of 25 and no respondents gained zero or one correct response.’
      rating, grade, mark, percentage
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    3. 1.3the scoreinformal The state of affairs; the real facts about the present situation.
      ‘“Hey, what's the score here, what's goin' on?”’
      the situation, the position, the facts, the truth of the matter, the state of affairs, the true state of affairs, the picture, the story, how things stand, the lie of the land
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    4. 1.4informal An act of buying illegal drugs.
    5. 1.5informal The proceeds of a crime.
      • ‘He's going to make one last big score, get out of the business.’
  • 2A 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 score’
    • ‘During the eighteenth century, instability became a feature of government with ministers dismissed by the score.’
    • ‘First of all, there was the Prime Minister's impending knee operation in Mumbai that scored newsprint by the score.’
    • ‘Combined with recruiting units from the barracks, you can easily, when conditions arise, build armies with a score of siege weapons and a legion of men.’
    • ‘In India, cattle are there by the score, because of the Hindu faith.’
    • ‘A score of men crowded the little courtyard visible at the end of the alley.’
    • ‘Even so, the Europeans were intruders, emerging by the score from their towering vessels, appearing and disappearing without warning, violating sacred sites.’
    • ‘For a city with hotels by the score, Seattle can be a tough place to find a bed.’
    • ‘Now he's at it again, wiping out landmarks by the score.’
    • ‘It also has about a score of drugs in late stages of clinical trials.’
    • ‘There have been rallies and vigils by the score in small towns.’
    • ‘He licked them off the ground by the score, relishing their crunchy texture.’
    • ‘Nearly a score of public bus lines already serve the neighborhood, while greenway trails connect to hundreds of miles of regional bikeways.’
    • ‘Reports came swarming in by the score, of the damage done to the coastal towns and forests.’
    • ‘Today, with tourists in too much of a rush to stop, much less linger, the number of tables has shrunk to a score or so.’
    • ‘The others, just a score in all, crowded around him in the underbrush, shaking rain from their leather armor.’
    • ‘In the eighteenth century the great naturalist, Gilbert White of Selborne, paid a man to shoot blackbirds by the score every spring to protect his fruit trees.’
    1. 2.1scores of A large amount or number of something.
      ‘he sent scores of enthusiastic letters to friends’
      • ‘Islam is a religion with hundreds of millions of followers in scores of diverse countries.’
      • ‘It was designed on a grand scale, obviously, to handle probably thousands of trucks boarding scores of ships.’
      • ‘Once you decide to step in this city, scores of attractions await your encounter.’
      • ‘During the week, scores of customers traded with them.’
      • ‘The back few pages were filled with scores of names - nearly all of them with a vowel at the end - who had some connection with the case or were likely to be called as witnesses.’
      • ‘His pianistic influence on Thelonious Monk, Abdullah Ibrahim and Stan Tracey, to name only three of scores of disciples, is evident throughout Piano in the Foreground.’
      • ‘Indeed, one has to wonder for a community that has spawned scores of spelling bee champions and science finalists, but has painfully few athletes, runners and players.’
      • ‘A stands for Antwerp, Austerlitz, Agata, Aychenwald, and scores of other proper names round which the novel moves.’
      • ‘The city has been fast to approve scores of high-rise condominiums lining Queens Quay, generating substantial tax revenue in the process.’
      • ‘The police arrested scores of activists, including two MPs.’
      • ‘The cave system ran for scores of miles, and even now, forty years after its discovery, had yet to be fully explored.’
      • ‘When he returned, 17 years later, it was as a hugely successful entertainer with scores of hit records to his credit.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In an untitled 2004 drawing, scores of pink lines approach each other from either side of the sheet and nearly meet close to the left edge.’
      • ‘I have seen the roles of their bloodlines, running back through scores of names and equal generations.’
      • ‘I found a great place to watch it happen, where I was first entertained by scores of fire spinners and dancers, then by great pillars of fire being shot into the sky.’
      • ‘Its great value lies in its abundant quotation from scores of interviewees; one has a sense of hearing what they themselves think.’
      • ‘Although the FDA maintains that generics are identical to their brand name counterparts, scores of readers have reported problems.’
      • ‘The nation's doctors and hospitals should be able to trim scores of billions per year by avoiding health-care costs that occur when drugs are used incorrectly.’
      • ‘Birding can mean sitting on your deck with a pair of binoculars and an iced tea or trekking through rugged mountains trying to identify scores of species in a single day.’
      a great many, a lot, a good deal, a great deal, a great amount, a great number, a large amount, a large number, 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
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  • 3A written representation of a musical composition showing all the vocal and instrumental parts arranged one below the other.

    • ‘And we all know that musical scores don't just appear on manuscript paper overnight.’
    • ‘In private, however, he asked his friend, the conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, to record the 1932 score if he ever managed to leave the Soviet Union.’
    • ‘Although the text becomes critical in providing the words, the musical score typically becomes no more than a minor visual prompt, if that.’
    • ‘That explains in part the title of this CD, which refers specifically to a description he often wrote in his scores to evoke a fanciful mood or gesture.’
    • ‘In 1847 Schumann penned one of his greatest chamber music scores - the Piano Trio No 1 in D minor Op 63.’
    • ‘Just a half hour of sleep is critical to maintaining or improving performance in repetitive tasks such as screening baggage or practicing a musical score.’
    • ‘Anyone who could write three such imposing scores would have to be numbered among America's finest composers.’
    • ‘Although I wasn't playing it myself, I saw the name of my future instrument written on a score for the very first time.’
    • ‘Although he wrote scores for cello, voice, and orchestra, Chopin regarded the keyboard as supreme.’
    • ‘Both composers wrote scores that were imbued with the spirit of incipient Czech nationalism.’
    • ‘For more than 1,000 years composers have undertaken to write down their most direct experiences and directions in the code books we call musical scores.’
    • ‘To further avoid any misunderstandings about his scores he would often write messages on them for engravers when he wanted to clarify notational details.’
    • ‘Many were the instruments and singers interchanging scores and vocal lines during the Baroque Era.’
    • ‘All the aforementioned score-reading strategies are useful when playing instrumental scores.’
    • ‘The top floor features bedrooms, the Maestro's old study-work room, and copious shelving for books, musical scores and the like.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both scores - the texts as well as Bach's intense musical response to them - are riddled with references to death and dying.’
    • ‘She sold many of his musical scores and manuscripts to the Smithsonian Institute in 1991.’
    • ‘Additionally there will be a live band of five musicians to perform the score written by Cuban composer Miguel Núñes.’
    • ‘I have transfer students who consistently ignore fingerings I write in the score.’
    1. 3.1 The music composed for a movie or play.
      • ‘Elmer Bernstein composed the musical scores of five feature films in 1953, his third year as a film composer.’
      • ‘Another usual practice in other movies is to pepper a film score with various songs or pop tunes as shorthand for whatever developments are taking place.’
      • ‘He now has a grand total of 40 movie scores and four Emmy awards, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards to go with his three Oscars.’
      • ‘The CD consists mostly of Copland film scores, in close to their original form.’
      • ‘In his lifetime, Berlin supplied the score for 19 films, six of them starring Fred Astaire.’
      • ‘There are a multitude of directional effects and surround sounds to be found on this track, including a rollicking score at the film's bombastic finale.’
      • ‘Forster was closely involved with the music score and it is a powerful aspect of the film.’
      • ‘It has probably been the most fulfilling computer game score I've written so far.’
      • ‘Thus, as diegetic music returns in the film's original score, it links scenes together, and adds to the film's unity.’
      • ‘While Carpenter is known as a great director, he's also very good at creating atmospheric music scores for his films.’
      • ‘The other problem is the musical score of the film, which thunders and sighs unrelentingly.’
      • ‘After some 200 film scores, Elmer Bernstein was considered one of the last of the giants in the world of movie music.’
      • ‘Like his film scores, this is Shostakovich in a populist vein.’
      • ‘It is beautiful music and one of the best film scores of the '80s.’
      • ‘The Emmy award winning score works to enhance and drive the story along, not just accompany it.’
      • ‘When I go to a movie, I listen to the film scores to see how the music interprets the action.’
      • ‘From popular music genres to various folk musics to film score and cartoon soundtracks - any style is fair game.’
      • ‘What is your philosophy in composing your film scores?’
      • ‘Electronic compositions are more orchestral in their approach and are similar to the music heard in film scores.’
      • ‘However, Walton is most remembered for his splendid scores for films starring Laurence Olivier.’
  • 4A notch or line cut or scratched into a surface.

    scratch, nick, notch, snick, scrape, groove, chip, cut, gouge, incision, slit, gash
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    1. 4.1historical A running account kept by marks against a customer's name, typically in a tavern.
      bill, invoice, statement, list of charges, reckoning, tally
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[with object]
  • 1Gain (a point, goal, run, etc.) in a competitive game.

    ‘Penn State scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter’
    no object ‘Martinez scored on Anderson's sacrifice fly’
    • ‘For 43 overs of cup cricket, however, we managed the innings to perfection, keeping out their best bowlers and scoring off the weaker ones.’
    • ‘A team will experience frustration and anger when they can't score in a game.’
    • ‘To score the maximum number of points, he must take exactly the number of tricks he called.’
    • ‘Let him know how impressed you were by that free throw he scored at yesterday's game.’
    • ‘I watched from the ice as he beat the goalie and scored.’
    • ‘In the event of an absolute tie, the hands are thrown out and no one scores for the poker game.’
    • ‘Plus, coming in off a two-game losing streak in which they scored a total of 17 points, the team's mind-set can't be positive.’
    • ‘Back and forth they went for several minutes, until finally he scored the winning shot.’
    • ‘Finally, after they had gotten into the double-digits and we still hadn't scored, we decided that it was time to go inside.’
    • ‘The Clan had scored only one run until the fourth inning.’
    • ‘Jake scored another basket, getting high-fives from his gym team.’
    • ‘No one scored again until the third period when we crowded the front of the net and the point took a slapshot that the goalie never saw.’
    • ‘No runs were scored off the next two balls to heighten the tension before Price pulled the fifth ball to mid-wicket and managed to scramble two runs.’
    • ‘On April 16th he scored a total of 61 points against the Atlanta Hawks setting a new NBA record.’
    • ‘He scored a record 49 times for England in 106 games, but is equally hailed for his sense of fair play.’
    • ‘Notice that a winning declarer must score at least as many points as her bid.’
    • ‘If your team has momentum, you can keep going forward; keep scoring, until something stops you.’
    • ‘She jumped higher than he did from the three point line, and scored a basket.’
    • ‘Mark scored one of the most amazing baskets ever, it was unbelievable.’
    • ‘We scored the first basket, but still ended up losing.’
    get, gain, chalk up, win, achieve, attain, make
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    1. 1.1 Decide on the score to be awarded to (a competitor)
      ‘the judge must score each dog against this standard’
      • ‘Our judges will be scoring him out of a hundred based on the usual criteria.’
      • ‘And, if he must be scored on this task - and he must - I'd give him a decidedly mixed grade.’
    2. 1.2 Gain (a number of points) for a competitor; be worth.
      ‘each correct answer scores ten points’
      • ‘Players attempt to throw coins or disks in the holes which score differently according to their difficulty.’
      • ‘This is the fourth year in a row that federal agencies have scored low marks for computer security.’
      • ‘And quibbles they are: as a film which, from the outset, devotes itself unashamedly to style over substance, it scores top marks.’
      • ‘The higher card wins and that player sets that card aside scoring the number of pips on it.’
      • ‘If she remembered correctly, he was the one who always scored the highest marks in all his classes, with the exception of psych, of course.’
      • ‘At the end of each hand the winner scores the total value of all the cards remaining in the hands of the other players.’
      • ‘As our exam system relies a lot on the written word, he scores low marks.’
      • ‘At the end of each hand, if both players on a team won, the team scores the total of their points.’
      • ‘The three rings score 5, 10 or 15 points if the disk lands within them respectively.’
      • ‘Aces count both 1 and 11, so any line with an ace must be scored twice, once at each of the two values.’
      • ‘Ann has won seven tricks and hence the cards, so she scores a total of 41 for the hand.’
      • ‘When all the tricks have been played each side scores the value of cards it has won in tricks.’
      • ‘However, if the higher card is more than twice the lower card then it's the lower card that is placed aside and scored.’
      • ‘Burroughs students score off the charts on standardized tests - as everyone on the tour already seems to know.’
      • ‘I played this game with a number of friends, including a few professional singers, and even they became infuriated that they were scoring low marks with songs they knew by heart.’
      • ‘To use myself as a counterexample, in psychological tests I always score off the charts in the rational measures (thinking vs. feeling, judgement vs. perception).’
      • ‘On each hand your team scores the total number of penalty points you have taken in your tricks.’
      • ‘Teachers, parents and governing bodies - all want children to score high marks so they can get into the best colleges.’
      • ‘By most accounts, this brand scores high marks for their all-around solid dehumidifiers.’
      • ‘Leaving the U.S. media aside for a moment, he has not scored high marks with the possibly more objective international media, to judge by what I see on the Internet.’
    3. 1.3 Decide on the scores to be awarded in (a game or competition)
      ‘the three judges each scored the bout 100–86 for the Panamanian’
      • ‘Routines are scored on technical skills, routine skills, safety and infractions, and overall impression.’
    4. 1.4no object Record the score during a game; act as scorer.
      keep score, keep the score, keep count, keep a record, keep a tally
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    5. 1.5Baseball Cause (a teammate) to score.
      ‘McNab singled, scoring Reynolds and Diaz’
    6. 1.6informal Secure (a success or an advantage)
      ‘the band scored a hit single’
      • ‘The pioneer of cheap chic is scoring by selling designer lines at mass-market prices’
      • ‘In Asia Minor, they quarreled among themselves, murdered the Christian inhabitants and scored no success against the Turks.’
      • ‘In 1560 Elizabeth scored a crucial success in the creation of an Anglophile government in Scotland and in Mary's apparent renunciation of her rival claim in the treaty of Edinburgh.’
      • ‘From its first appearance on the New York art-scene it scored a triumph with collectors.’
      • ‘Last year the conservancy scored a triumph by acquiring 525,000 acres of desert land from the Corporation.’
      • ‘When no decisive successes were scored in either 1779 or 1780, France seemed to be staring disaster in the face.’
      • ‘She scored a major victory when she secured a ban on the export of charcoal in northeast Somalia.’
      • ‘So it's Monday morning, and perhaps you scored some names and numbers at the bar over the weekend.’
      • ‘When it comes to scoring sexy, rock-hard arms, your shoulders are a critical link.’
      • ‘He remained an active member of the Commons and in 1786 scored a stage success with The Heiress.’
      • ‘And, staying with young people, Queensland scores a win.’
      • ‘Look for volunteer opps or unpaid internships, and score some job experience that's truly priceless.’
      • ‘However, many Italians retained an almost magical belief in his ability to score diplomatic triumphs without involving Italy in a major war.’
      • ‘You will be popular and score a victory over enemies.’
      • ‘That '74 film scored an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay, and was seen as a landmark.’
      • ‘With the labor-union allies it has cultivated, it has even helped create new parties that have scored real successes.’
      • ‘The 2nd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division (on camera) scored a significant success earlier in the day.’
      • ‘Thus, Guster was born and soon scored a record deal of their own with Sire Records.’
      • ‘In 1986, he scored a spectacular success when he isolated the gene associated with retinoblastoma, a fierce form of eye cancer.’
      • ‘It's also the first South Korean film to score major studio distribution.’
      be successful, be a success, achieve success, win, triumph, make an impression, have an impact, go down well, get an enthusiastic reception
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    7. 1.7informal Buy or acquire (something, typically illegal drugs)
      ‘Sally had scored some acid’
      • ‘He weaved us through the area until we finally arrived at a store, scored a cheap pair of flips, paid our guide for his time and helpfulness, and went back to the Peponi for a shower and drink.’
      • ‘Did she spend most of her nights with him driving around scoring heroin in the projects, buying needles from a corner store on the Ridge?’
      • ‘I got my first sinking feeling when I found myself a little while later playing bodyguard in the kitchen of a strange drug dealer while she scored a bag of dope.’
      • ‘Deena rarely saw her mom because her mom was always away partying and trying to score drugs.’
      • ‘One night, following a session of argy-bargy, Emily storms out of their apartment after scoring some heroin.’
      • ‘Not to mention an opportunity to score plenty of craft-type stuff from local Pagan artisans.’
      • ‘After a stay in hospital, mother and baby were discharged, but her first action on getting out was to score some heroin.’
      • ‘Even the one older character, Rory, is a screwed-up social worker who scores drugs from his clients.’
      • ‘I score a glass of champagne and drift off with the melodies of the pygmies echoing in my head.’
      • ‘Add to that a covert operation to score some marijuana for his dad's glaucoma, and, well, it's needless to say this day doesn't end well.’
      • ‘Trying to score a free case of beer, the brothers put a mouse in a beer bottle and go to the ‘Elsinore Brewery’ to complain.’
      • ‘Relationship issues become secondary to the never-ending cycle of seeking, scoring, and using heroin.’
      • ‘A dope dealer doesn't just pop up on my computer and say, This is how you can score illegal drugs.’
      • ‘It seems to me like he was, moment to moment, trying to have the most fun and score drugs.’
      acquire, obtain, come by, come to have, come into possession of, receive, gain, earn, win, come into, come in for, take possession of, take receipt of, be given
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    8. 1.8informal no object Succeed in attracting a sexual partner for a casual encounter.
      • ‘The over-the-top product placement has even found its way into the bedrooms of the Olympic Village, as condom maker Durex will distribute over 130,000 free condoms to any athlete looking to score off the field.’
      • ‘The guys who do manage to score outside are hardy souls - hardier than the ones flirting in the relative safety of the bar.’
      • ‘But unless we scored with an eager couple, this sexual nirvana was strictly off-limits to us single males.’
      • ‘Straight men who want to score with their women look to us for advice.’
      • ‘That said, a man may appreciate it more if he has to work for it, but the point here is to score.’
      • ‘You don't have to have nerves of steel to score with women.’
      • ‘Now, what is the best place for a single male to score?’
      • ‘You quickly lose count of the number of concerts played, riots started, lines snorted, girls scored, parties busted, millions made and punches thrown.’
      • ‘Finally, after decades of foreplay, a gay man on TV scored.’
      • ‘He was a male groupie who managed to score all the female groupies.’
      • ‘He's gone to a half-dozen events and first scored at the Bryant Park rally, with a woman sitting next to him on the grass.’
      • ‘Of course the double standard is really unfair, but I don't think it's particularly cool for people to sleep around just to score, when there's no real lasting attachment.’
      • ‘One night we had been out working hard to score, but by two a.m. it was clear we were going to sleep alone that night.’
  • 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 continuo’
    • ‘Music is also scored to the fight action and to that rhythm.’
    • ‘Pierrot Lunaire, performed in Berlin in 1912, was scored for eight instruments and a voice for which relative pitches were notated to form a speech-melody.’
    • ‘The Octet is scored for flute, clarinet, French horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass, and piano.’
    • ‘Also like Shostakovich, Tishchenko has scored his symphony for a large orchestra, which he nevertheless uses sparingly.’
    • ‘Written in 1988, it is scored for four musicians and two marimbas (another Reichian touch).’
    • ‘The elusive first movement is followed by a scherzo scored for wind instruments only, complemented by a slow movement for singing strings.’
    • ‘The new work is a wild athletic circus of music scored for a large orchestra together with a smaller ensemble.’
    • ‘So, I will be working with Martinu's Double Concerto - scored for two strings orchestras, piano and timpani.’
    • ‘Mansurian, however, has scored these pieces for various combinations of viola, voice, piano, and percussion.’
    • ‘What are the typical steps you go through in the process of composing, scoring and recording a track, and how long does this usually take?’
    • ‘Milhaud originally scored it for a small orchestra, then, due to its great success, transcribed it for duet.’
    • ‘When Drake played him ‘Way to Blue’, Kirby brought out its hymnal qualities, scoring an arrangement that owed more to Handel than the undergraduate favourites of the day.’
    • ‘Four Russian Peasant Songs is scored for soprano soloist, female voices and four horns.’
    • ‘Charles Gounod's Petite symphonie is scored for flute and eight winds.’
    • ‘I'd love to work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra to score the music for one of his titles.’
    • ‘Many other composers have scored it since, including Bartók in his Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the individual variations function like chamber music, scored for a shifting cast of instruments.’
    • ‘It was scored for 16 player pianos that were to be tightly synchronised during concert performance.’
    • ‘The Third Symphony, scored for full orchestra with prominent solo duties for the guitar, was written almost six years later.’
    • ‘The violoncello piccolo is used in Cantata BWV 6, but not in the sixth Cello Suite #6, for which the piece was scored.’
    orchestrate, arrange, set, adapt
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    1. 2.1 Compose the music for (a movie or play).
      • ‘We had talked about it for years, and Paul initially approached Michael about scoring his first film.’
      • ‘Such versatility is what enabled our man to score more than 500 movies over four decades.’
      • ‘The composer's primary task in scoring films is to come up with original music that fits the film and helps the film stand as something unique.’
      • ‘On top of that, he also scores the entire film with surf music.’
      • ‘This, along with his decision not to score the film, gives it a palpable, documentary feel.’
      • ‘In 1949, Cage began scoring a film documentary on the mobiles of sculptor Alexander Calder.’
      • ‘It's like scoring for a movie: Is he a good guy or a bad guy?’
      • ‘The film scored Best Atlantic Documentary and won him a Most Promising Director statuette.’
      • ‘Ferguson, who eventually scored many Hollywood films, favored this controlled system.’
      • ‘I scored the film to Howard Hanson's ‘Fantasy Variations on a Theme of Youth.’’
      • ‘Where did you mix, edit, and score the film and how long did it take you?’
      • ‘Scoring a video game presents a different set of problems than scoring a film.’
      • ‘The music coordinators must have run out of ideas because much of the film is scored with other movie soundtracks.’
      • ‘Most people, on the other hand, seem to acknowledge that it is difficult to score a film, so people respect film composers more.’
      • ‘And there is an unpublished libretto for an opera scored by Alberto, Bolivia's most famous composer.’
      • ‘The music is captivating with John Williams scoring one of the most beautiful soundtracks ever.’
      • ‘Apparently Spain's best and 2nd most famous film director heard it in a record shop in Barcelona and instantly knew who he wanted to score his next film.’
      • ‘This piece features dozens of clips from films and short subjects Smith scored during his lengthy career at the Walt Disney Studios.’
      • ‘Films were never scored in quite the same way again.’
      • ‘But it was Barry, not Norman, who scored the subsequent films.’
      • ‘Here's a wild stab at populational psychoanalysis: all electronic artists secretly harbor the desire to score films.’
      • ‘The city is hugely proud of its local composer hero, who has scored more than 400 movies - many of them international classics - while eschewing the Hollywood game.’
      • ‘Horner is adept at scoring big budget Hollywood films.’
  • 3Cut or scratch a notch or line on (a surface)

    ‘score the card until you cut through’
    • ‘Italics indicate lines scored in the left margin by Melville in his text of Paradise Lost.’
    • ‘With the other, she scored a mark hairs beneath the scar on Rae's cheek.’
    • ‘To allow the steam to penetrate behind the wallpaper, nonporous wallpaper such as vinyl must first be scored with a puncturing roller or rough sandpaper before steaming.’
    • ‘He or she uses a monopolar ESU pencil to dissect through the subcutaneous tissue to the sternum and then scores the sternum down the midline with the ESU.’
    • ‘Tap the nail set on the mark just enough to score the glazing on the tile, but not too hard.’
    • ‘You only want to score a line in the plywood, not cut so far through it that you weaken the strength of the floor or cause a cleaning problem.’
    • ‘Dark marks were scored across her muzzle in dreadful lines that were a reminder of the scars that distorted my own face and she moved slowly, painfully.’
    • ‘Two of the paintings were actually diptychs, abutting so tightly that they appeared to be a single surface scored by a palette knife.’
    • ‘Their faces are completely scored by vertical eraser marks leaving only a bare trace of their features.’
    • ‘Bravo to whomever boldly scored that black mark through the red tag!’
    • ‘To make the cut, use a brick chisel and a hand-drilling hammer (small sledge) to score a cut line all around the block.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then turn the piece over and score the back to cut through the mesh on the other side.’
    • ‘A compassionate old woman, the deep lines of time scored into her bird face, stares down at me, the last thing I need.’
    • ‘What parts of the floor weren't laid with threadbare rugs were scored and marked from claws.’
    • ‘To prevent color from wicking through to an adjacent area, lightly score the boundary line with a razor blade.’
    • ‘After applying a primer of red, the decorative figures were scored precisely around each element and thickly painted.’
    • ‘Its white sides are scored and scratched, and my vines have spilled over the edge of the deck.’
    scratch, cut, make a notch in, make a notches in, make a groove in, make a grooves in, notch, incise, scrape, nick, snick, chip, gouge, slit, gash
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    1. 3.1historical Record (a total owed) by making marks against a customer's name.
      ‘a slate on which the old man scored up vast accounts’
  • 4Medicine Biology
    Examine (experimentally treated cells, bacterial colonies, etc.), making a record of the number showing a particular character.

    • ‘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 proceeds.

      • ‘Those people can feel the fine balance between linear and interactive, between rules and freedom, between keeping score and not keeping score.’
      • ‘Managing a game is not simply blowing the whistle when an infringement occurs and keeping the score and time.’
      • ‘The variety of techniques used for keeping score in games is extremely diverse.’
      • ‘Each parent is involved in the sport - her mother is a competitor's steward and her father referees and keeps score at events.’
      • ‘From time to time I have read critical comments about the means of keeping score provided in some board games.’
      • ‘Money is how we keep score, and the game lasts your whole life.’
      • ‘Take turns to challenge each other to games, and keep score.’
      • ‘The game isn't over when you suit up and trot out onto the field; you gotta play the game and keep score, too.’
      • ‘I tend to win more than my fair share of games and so there will sometimes be jokes that I'm only keeping score as a form of self-aggrandizement.’
      • ‘Counselors remember that we did not keep score during our staff game of ultimate Frisbee.’
  • know the score

    • informal Be aware of the essential facts about a situation.

      • ‘I'm just trying to be prudent in a place where we don't know the score.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If there's something going on in that crowded four blocks of shops and restaurants, he knows the score.’
      • ‘Most of our drivers have been here for years and they know the score; they wouldn't take someone in that state to the Bridge.’
      • ‘He added: ‘The jazz festival has been taking place for years and everyone knows the score.’’
      • ‘She's a great family pet at home but once at work she knows the score.’
      • ‘Everyone who used a computer before 1990 know the score with the forgeries.’
      • ‘It says it has been inundated with complaints, and if the numbers below have appeared on your bill, don't bother contacting the regulator - it already knows the score.’
      • ‘Every year thousands of kids make the leap from primary school to high school, leaving the relative comfort zone that comes from knowing the score.’
      • ‘He knows the score, but was given a graphic example on a cocoa farm in rural Ghana, during his personal odyssey into the African countryside.’
  • 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 score’
      • ‘They're sensitive to anything - I don't want to say sensitive to a fault, but I think you'd be very, very proud of them, particularly on this score.’
      • ‘And it is on this score that more candor may be required.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Beaverbrook, who freely admitted running his newspapers for propaganda, had no cause for concern on that score.’
      • ‘There are several reasons for doubts on this score.’
      • ‘But even political columnists are bound by ordinary rules of inference and logic, and it is on this score that her book fails even more spectacularly.’
      • ‘Past history has influenced our perspective on this score, and we would be delighted to be proven wrong.’
      • ‘It appears that we need to find a happy medium on this score - one that will ensure the non-exploitation of workers, while at the same time not inhibiting new or emergent business in a country that needs to generate employment.’
      • ‘And there are several people who defend them on this score.’
      • ‘I was able to ameliorate her concerns on that score and she relaxed, but just a bit.’
      on that subject, on this subject, as far as that is concerned, as far as that was concerned, as far as this is concerned, as far as this was concerned, so far as that is concerned, so far as that was concerned, so far as this is concerned, so far as this was concerned, in that respect, in this respect, about that, about this, on that matter, on this matter, as regards that, as regards this
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  • score points

    • Outdo another person, especially in an argument.

  • settle (or pay) a (or the) score

    • 1Take revenge on someone for a past act.

      • ‘So just who would want to settle a score with Morrison?’
      • ‘At the time, she thought it was because he sensed she was there to settle a score over the dog.’
      • ‘And we settled a score with Steve, who beat me on the North West Stages this year, but finished 15 seconds behind us!’
      • ‘They find us relishing the chance to settle the score.’
      • ‘The natural reaction of most of us is to settle a score, to get even.’
      • ‘The book is trash written by a bitter man who is now determined to settle a score.’
      • ‘You'll have to be careful though, because if you keep targeting one driver, he may challenge you to a showdown race to settle the score.’
      • ‘‘They're a team we lost to in the first half of the season so we'd like to settle the score,’ he said.’
      • ‘It was meant to be a high-flying stunt to settle the score on a simmering local football rivalry, but not everyone has seen the funny side.’
      • ‘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.’
      grievance, bone to pick, axe to grind, grudge, complaint
      take revenge, take one's revenge, hit back at someone, get back at someone, retaliate, get even, get one's own back, pay someone back, give someone a dose of their own medicine, give someone a taste of their own medicine, pay someone back in their own coin
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    • 2Pay off a debt or other obligation.

      • ‘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.’


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’.