Look at the comic above and try to guess the meaning of the 'to score something idiom.' The meaning of the comic is discussed below.
to score something: 1) to win something in a competitive activity; 2) to obtain something; 3) to buy drugs illegally.
We often use the phrase to talk about gaining points or goals in a competitive sports activity. This is very common in every day speech.
It's also used to talk about obtaining a wide variety of things — the person often seems to be savvy or resourceful in being able to obtain the object or thing.
Finally, we use the phrase to talk about obtaining drugs — usually illegal drugs.
* In the comic above, the doctor asks the patient if he has insurance. In the United States many people do not have health insurance or prescription drug insurance. So the doctor is saying that if the patient has insurance, he will write out a prescription for him to take to a pharmacy (and his insurance will pay for it).
If he doesn't have insurance, the doctor is asking if he'll be obtaining it on the street (from someone selling the drug illegally -- where it will likely be cheaper if he can get it). It's a funny, but very sad comic. Many people in this country are in a difficult position when they have health problems.
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