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know the score

To understand the reality of a particular situation, often when that information is displeasing Oh, I know the score—my older sisters are allowed to do things that I'm not. I think he knows the score when it comes to Danielle. She's definitely out of his league.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

know the score

 and know what's what
Fig. to know the facts; to know the facts about life and its difficulties. Bob is so naive. He sure doesn't know the score. I know what you're trying to do. Oh, yes, I know what's what.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

know the score

Also, know what's what. Understand what is happening; be familiar with the real story or the full situation. For example, It will take the new legislators some time to know the score, or When it comes to teaching youngsters to read, Nell knows what's what. The first expression, dating from about 1930, alludes to score as a tally of points in a game. The variant dates from about 1400.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

know the score

INFORMAL
COMMON If you know the score, you know and accept the real facts about a situation, even though you may not like them. I know the score — my career will last as long as my looks. Taylor isn't stupid — he knows the score. He has to produce results soon or he'll be out of a job.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

know the score

be aware of what is going on; be aware of the essential facts about a situation. informal
2002 New York Times Magazine Nowadays, everyone knows the score. Aside from discovering, say, that Tom Hanks is mean, what story of show business ugliness would scandalize us?
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know the ˈscore

(informal) know the true situation, especially if this is bad: Look, you know the score, we can’t afford a car right now.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

know the score

tv. to know the way things work in the hard, cruel world. Don’t try to con me. I know the score.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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