four score and seven years ago

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87 years prior to today.

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  • In Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, he used this widely known measure of "score," meaning "20 years." In modern language, it would be simply "87 years ago." However, the widespread familiarity of Lincoln's address, the unusual and poetic wording, and its status as the first words of the speech have caused the phrase to enter the public consciousness.
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Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'four score and seven years ago':

four score and seven years agoAs an opener, a sometimes sarcastic indicator to indicate a past event being mentioned is particularly important.
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