full marks

plural noun

1
chiefly British : the highest possible grade on an exam or in a course
She got full marks for the coursework …Lancashire Telegraph
2
chiefly British : 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

Examples of full marks in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The New York Times was not bowled over, but a critic for the New York World gave her performance full marks. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2024 That woman won it anyway, and had earned it; a big write-up in the paper gave full marks for her achievements and goals. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 25 Oct. 2023 On Douban, a popular Chinese movie review site, the movie is currently scored 8.6 out of 10, with nearly half of all viewers giving it full marks. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 25 July 2023 There was a popular Korean drama titled Super Rookie about a man who becomes a new employee at a chaebol company due to a computer error giving him full marks on his entrance exam. Kate Knibbs, WIRED, 11 July 2023 The sole top ten entry from Asia is Japan’s third city – a mega metropolis and one of the most stable and safe places to live anywhere, with full marks in stability, healthcare, and education. Duncan Madden, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 High school students in India will receive full marks for a national exam question that has been dropped after it was criticized as misogynistic. NBC News, 20 Dec. 2021 Honda gets full marks for gauge clarity and climate control ease of use, but for some reason the automaker continues to balk at providing a tuning dial for its audio system. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 30 Nov. 2021 Yet a good hand cream keeps the worst of it at bay, and according to one commenter, Beekman's wins full marks for the task, even with constant hand-washing. Rachel Nussbaum, PEOPLE.com, 1 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of full marks was in 1852

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“Full marks.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full%20marks. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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