fourscore

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From four +‎ score.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfɔːskɔː/
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Numeral[edit]

fourscore

  1. (now archaic) Eighty.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, [], OCLC 964384981:
      , Numbers IV:48:
      Even those that were numbered of them, were eight thousand and five hundred and fourscore.
    • 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act III Scene 1
      Thou stickest a dagger in me: I shall never see my gold again: fourscore ducats at a sitting! fourscore ducats!
    • 1863, Abraham Lincoln, ‘Gettysburg Address’:
      Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
    • 1914, Saki, ‘The Cobweb’, Beasts and Superbeasts:
      Old Martha was standing at a table trussing a pair of chickens for the market stall as she had trussed them for nearly fourscore years.

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