fourscore

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From four +‎ score.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfɔːskɔː/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈfɔɹskɔɹ/
  • (file)

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fourscore

  1. (now archaic) Eighty.
  2. (idiomatic) A full-length life, reckoned as eighty years.
    Synonym: (dated, of biblical origin) three score and ten
    • 1986 November 24, Susan Sontag, “The Way We Live Now”, in The New Yorker[2]:
      [] I know every life is equally sacred, but that is a thought, another thought, I mean, all these valuable people who aren’t going to have their normal fourscore as it is now, these people aren’t going to be replaced, and it’s such a loss to the culture.

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Noun[edit]

fourscore (plural fourscores)

  1. A quantity or amount of eighty.
    • 1922, James Edward Carruthers, Memories of an Australian Ministry, 1868 to 1921 (page 125)
      W. J. Davis, a retired missionary, a veteran in the fourscores of his years.