What does "a score of" mean exactly?

Does that mean "twenty", or "about twenty", or "a group of", or simply "many"?

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  • A.J.
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
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    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.

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  • 2 months ago

    Technically a score is twenty.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Exactly twenty.

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  • geezer
    Lv 7
    2 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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  • 2 months ago

    "a score of"

    means

    "twenty 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".

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