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fourscore

[fawr-skawr, fohr-skohr] /ˈfɔrˈskɔr, ˈfoʊrˈskoʊr/
adjective
1.
four times twenty; eighty.
Origin of fourscore
1200-1250
Middle English word dating back to 1200-50; See origin at four, score
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  • Just imagine; and that, too, at fourscore and ten years of age.

  • Each of the others should have fourscore silver pennies for his shooting.

  • He enjoyed a strong, robust, and vigorous health; to the age of fourscore.

    Ebrietatis Encomium Boniface Oinophilus
  • I am an old man now; the burden of fourscore years is resting upon me.

    The Centurion's Story David James Burrell
  • St. Maws is garrisoned by an able-bodied person of fourscore, a widower.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
  • It is something to have climbed the white summit, the Mont Blanc of fourscore.

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • But I have grown strong and hearty, and no doubt I shall come to fourscore.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas
  • She greeted us with Gipsy courtesy, and told us she was ‘fourscore and six years of age.’

    Gipsy Life George Smith
  • I could not make less than fourscore bows, of which about twenty might be to Whigs.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • Their course lay up the river of May, more than fourscore leagues.

    The Lily and the Totem William Gilmore Simms
British Dictionary definitions for fourscore

fourscore

/ˌfɔːˈskɔː/
determiner
1.
an archaic word for eighty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fourscore
n.

"eighty," mid-13c., "formerly current as an ordinary numeral" [OED], from four + score (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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