by the score
Definition of by the score
: in large numbers or amounts Factories are closing by the score.
Word by Word Definitions
: an indefinitely large number
: a line (as a scratch or incision) made with or as if with a sharp instrument
: 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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