score against

score against (someone or something)

1. Literally, to gain or achieve a point or unit of points in a game or contest against some person or team. A noun or pronoun can be used between "score" and "against" to specify the kind or number of points that was scored. The star quarterback scored five touchdowns against the cross-town rivals. If we score against them one more time, we can tie the game!
2. To gain or achieve a personal success or victory against someone else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "score" and "against" to specify or describe the kind of success or victory one achieved. I don't know why you think you need to score against your wife with these petty arguments—you're not competing against each other! Even though it didn't amount to much money, I at least felt like I scored a moral victory against the company when they agreed to refund me the full amount.
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score something (up) against someone or something

to tally up a score against someone or some team. Tara scored a few points against Sally. The Bears scored up thirteen points against the Giants.
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score against someone or something

to make a point or goal against someone or some team. Because of his bad ankle, Fred was unable to score against his defender. We never scored against the visiting team.
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References in classic literature ?
Dolokhov was no longer listening to stories or telling them, but followed every movement of Rostov's hands and occasionally ran his eyes over the score against him.
The score against him reached the fateful sum of forty-three thousand.
Otherwise,'--and here he swore a tremendous oath--'there'll be mischief done in this place, though there ARE odds of a score against me.'
Dollop, as a woman who was more than a match for the lawyers; being disposed to submit to much twitting from a landlady who had a long score against him.
but failed to score against four other clubs, the Spanish MARCA
PETER CROUCH has been warned by his in-laws not to score against Liverpool at Anfield today - or else.
Jibon, who is surrounded by quality foreign team-mates at Abahani, believed that he can score against Cambodia (172), who are 20 places ahead of Bangladesh (192) in the FIFA Rankings, even without them.
READERS are always reminding me of a former player who has scored against the Sky Blues but as I have always responded, there are far more ex-players who don't score against us.
The Filipino-Japanese judoka, who got a 1s1 score against Bold, will face Nami Nabekura in the final later in the day.
t "So I always find it quite funny that I always score against them and I got the same messages after game - 'Not again!' "It's always great score against Birmingham, especially a goal that gets us a point.
One United fan tweeted him: "Right, if you score against Sweden I'll get your celebration added to my current sleeve.
But the Swede warned that his countrymen are a tougher team to score against than strongly-fancied Brazil.
"I know everyone wants to avoid Brazil, and maybe rightly, but I think it is easier to score against Brazil than against Sweden.
He went on to score against them for his boyhood club Manchester United in 2013 before netting for Aston Villa, again on loan, in May 2015.