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[three-skawr, -skohr] /ˈθriˈskɔr, -ˈskoʊr/
being or containing three times twenty; sixty.
Origin of threescore
First recorded in 1350-1400, threescore is from the Middle English word thre scoor. See three, score Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Now I am more than threescore years and ten, and the rest of my days are numbered.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • One fancied that at twenty he must have looked very much like what he was now at threescore.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • The actual anniversary that marked her threescore had had nothing to do with it.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • He himself lived a little beyond his threescore and ten years.

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • At forty, at sixty, at threescore and ten, let not an old penitent despair.

  • The age allotted to mortals by the Psalmist is threescore and ten.

    ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands; Hezekiah Butterworth
  • Germany has been puffing for threescore years; France smokes to a man.

    The Fitz-Boodle Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • By whom I lost eight horses, and they ate me threescore bushels of oats.'

    Cheshire Charles E. Kelsey
  • Baron Bredow had employed some threescore of Russian prisoners on his place.

    The Iron Ration

    George Abel Schreiner
  • Sort of insinuate the blow bore down on my threescore and ten year?

    Sudden Jim Clarence Budington Kelland
British Dictionary definitions for threescore


an archaic word for sixty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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