by the score

Definition of by the score

  1. :  in large numbers or amounts Factories are closing by the score.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  twenty

    :  an indefinitely large number

    :  a line (such as a scratch or incision) made with or as if with a sharp instrument

  1. :  to keep a record or account of by or as if by notches on a tally :  record

    :  to enter in a record

    :  to mark with significant lines or notches (as in keeping account)

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