To Score Something Idiom

To score something idiom

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.


  • The visiting team scored 50 points  in the final 20 minutes and won the game.      
  • The Washington Redskins just scored a touchdown  and tied the game with a minute left.
  • My daughter scored both goals  so we are very proud of her.
  • You'll have to score at least 6.0  on the IELTS exam to attend that university.
  • Yahoo! I scored in the top 10%  of the TOEFL exam.
  • I cannot believe you scored tickets  to see One Direction!
  • Would you believe I scored an interview  with the newest Victoria's Secret model?
  • They said there was something in the cocaine she scored  that caused the heart attack.
  • "Excuse me, do you know where I can score some weed?"  "I don't know. I don't do drugs!"

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