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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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As one of the real families fronting the Know the Score campaign David had to be honest with his daughter.
Know The Score has been created not just for all the football fans, but for those who may be feeling slightly out of touch and in need of a crash course in the what's what and who's who in football
What true football supporter doesn't want to know the score as soon as they can?
These are just some of the typical calls made to the Know the Score helpline.
Postcards carrying the Know The Score message are currently being issued to around 20,000 adult supporters who have renewed their season tickets.
The Know The Score campaign, which was launched in May, involves all eight of the country's forces.
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We hope to do well, better than before, Challenging for trophies, You know the score.
The latest Know The Score initiative, launched in March, warned parents to ensure their kids received accurate and reliable advice about drugs.
From this, he groups fans into 10 categories: those who love too much, know the score, run in front, see green, misbehave, are short, get an earful, just enjoy it, walk away and are true believers.
A quarter of drivers tested under the Know The Score campaign were under the influence of drugs other than alcohol.
FOR people looking for more information on issues surrounding drugs, the Know the Score website (www.
Forgotten reasons oblivious to pain No crutch to lean on no strength to regain The veil of death slowly descends Contempt for reasons why this life should end There seems no way to stop the drugs to end this plague Death waits then takes them t o an early grave In life the ones who love them forever beat the pain The youngest generations know the reasons to gain They know the score street wise and cautious a strongest breed of youth Only time can tell the young decide will they face the truth
Health chiefs launched Know The Score after research revealed that 51,582 people in Scotland misuse drugs.
As for the lads on the centre court, they already know the score.