a score to settle

a score to settle

An old problem, grudge, or grievance (with or against someone or something) that one wishes or intends to redress or rectify. I've had a score to settle with my brother ever since he ran away with my wife. The former champion entered the competition with a score to settle, after being knocked out of the tournament last year by a newcomer. There are a few scores I still need to settle with my old bosses, but otherwise, I've pretty well moved on.
See also: score, settle
References in classic literature ?
But remember that you and I have a score to settle, and you can ask those who know me how often Dick Horser comes out underneath in the long run.
Well, it's up to you to say what you will do," said he; "for my part I have a score to settle with these monkey-folk, and if it ends by wiping them off the face of the earth I don't see that the earth need fret about it.