full marks

plural noun
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of full marks

chiefly British
1 : the highest possible grade on an exam or in a course
  • She got full marks for the coursework …
  • Lancashire Telegraph
2 : due credit or commendation
  • Regarding the question of aircraft nomenclature, my pet peeve is commercial airline aircraft. I give the Europeans full marks in this department: Comets, Caravelles and Concordes are above reproach.
  • —John Ryan

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First Known Use of full marks

1852

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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FULL MARKS Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of full marks for English Language Learners

  • : praise given for an achievement

  • : the highest score that you can get on a test


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