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Topic: MUSIC

Date: 1000-1100
Language: Old Norse
Origin: skor 'mark cut into a surface, count, twenty'


1 noun
score1 S3 W2 [countable]

in a game

DS the number of points that each team or player has won in a game or competition:
At half-time the score was one-all.
What's the score?
Is anybody keeping score (=making a record of the score)?
The final score was Southampton two, Leeds United nil.
score of
a score of 3-2

in a test or experiment

a) the number of points a student has earned for correct answers in a test:
The school's test scores have not improved.
score of
a score of 90%
b) the number of points that a person or group of people gets in a scientific test or experiment
score of
He had an IQ score of 120.


APM a written or printed copy of a piece of music, especially for a large group of performers, or the music itself:
a musical score
Who wrote the score for the movie?

on that score

spoken concerning the particular thing you have just mentioned:
As for the cost, you don't need to worry on that score.

know the score

informal to know the real facts of a situation, including any unpleasant ones:
We are trying to attract managers who know the score.

settle a score

to do something to harm or hurt someone who has harmed or hurt you in the past:
Jack came back after five years to settle some old scores.


a mark that has been cut onto a surface with a sharp tool:
deep scores in the wood
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