What does "a score of" mean exactly?
Does that mean "twenty", or "about twenty", or "a group of", or simply "many"?
- A.J.Lv 72 months agoFavourite answer
English words are defined in context. The phrase shown can have three meanings, and "score" can have more.
"Score" can mean "twenty". It is rarely used in American English.
A score of ships competed in the sailing race.
For those that know this meaning of score, it is exactly twenty. When used in the past it could have meant about twenty.
More commonly now, as a score in a game or test exam.
The basketball game has a score of 62 to 40. On the biology exam he got a score of 82.
score to mean-
: success in obtaining something (such as money or drugs) especially through illegal or irregular means
At the park, the drug addict got a score of heroin.
It is usually a verb. The drug addict scored some heroin.
- 18 gibbs 20Lv 72 months ago
Technically a score is twenty.
- Anonymous2 months ago
- geezerLv 72 months ago
A score means 20 .. in the same way that a dozen means 12.
''About 20'' would be ''about a score''.
''Many'' would be ''scores of''.
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- A Yahoo UserLv 72 months ago
"a score of"
and not any of those other things you suggested.
IF the user is using it loosely
then the user might mean "about twenty of"
just as someone can say "a dozen of"
which literally means "twelve of"
but IF they are using it loosely
it can mean "about twelve of".