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threescore and ten

Seventy (years old). I hope I do half as much as my grandfather's done by the time I'm threescore and ten.
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threescore and ten

the age of seventy.
In the Bible, threescore and ten amounts to the allotted span of a person's life: ‘The days of our age are threescore years and ten’ (Psalm 90:10).
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Now that I was fifty, while my students were scoffing at the idea that half a century is a short time, I kept recalling "will not come again." Each time I reached Housman's arithmetic stanza, I made the obvious substitution: "Now of my threescore years and ten, / Fifty will not come again." The poignancy was still there, but no shock of awareness, since it is a commonplace that twenty springs are "little room" to "look at things in bloom" (Housman, "Loveliest of Trees" 11.
have obtained a place in every library in the Kingdom, & run through threescore Editions" (Minor Works 192).
As for the lady herself, after competitive and honorary Oscars, a record 10 David Di Donatello awards, five Golden Globes and threescore trophies and tributes, you'd think it would all be old hat by now.
After all, the span that the Bible allots to a human life is threescore years and 10.
How many nights in the threescore and five years since have I struggled with the need to find the classroom where one of my courses is being conducted -- by a professor I've never laid eyes on, holding forth on a subject completely alien to me?
Following the Chartres path, one is not a prisoner, but a pilgrim: in the 35 turns it takes to reach the centre, and the 35 it takes to leave again, one walks through the psalmist's threescore years and ten; and one returns, supposedly, wiser--if no older.
Sir Hugh has prevailed against "onsets of malice, calumnies, and slanders." As all gathered in Islington, a troop of "labourers, to the number of threescore or upwards, all in green caps" marched several times around the cistern, representing all who had worked on the project.
Lincoln had few scruples about adopting and improving other people's locutions, especially when they drew on common sources like the Psalms' description of the human lifespan: "The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away." (Mary Todd Lincoln remembered in 1866 that her husband "felt religious More than Ever about the time he went to Gettysburg," and it showed in his "remarks").
The final sample consists of 41 zero-score, 72 one-score, 99 two-score, 151 threescore and 95 four-score firms based on the year 2001 corporate governance data: see Exhibit 1 below.
It has a great, illustrious past and it has certainly made progress, but what it hasn't really done is make its "Tryst with Destiny", as promised by its first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru threescore and six years ago.
He might equally have said the German Gotterdammerung at Stalingrad, which reached its bloody climax threescore and 10 years ago this month, represented the beginning of the end.
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Mistress Mumble's line 'I desire thee do thy worst' is found in every extant edition of 'The Noble Acts' and is spoken by Sir Lancelot as he duels to free 'threescore knights' imprisoned by 'Tarquin'.
"I was 70 last year and there is something about achieving threescore years and 10, isn't there?'' Five years ago he suffered from chest pains while exercising and doctors said he had a severe coronary heart blockage and carried out an emergency procedure to deal with the problem.
One fancied that at twenty he must have looked very much like what he was now at threescore. It was a student's face; only the eyebrows nearly all white, thick and bushy, together with the resolute searching glance that came from under them, were not in accord with his, I may say, learned appearance.