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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.
Keeper Yann Sommer said: "We've got a small, actually no - we've got a big score to settle with Sevilla.
We've attracted a top quality line up and expect to see some good close racing, with many a score to settle from last season's British Masters.
Ebbw have a score to settle with Pontypridd as well.
GRUDGE MATCH Friday, Sky Movies Premiere, 8pm PREMIERE The grumpiest of old men, Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone (both above), spar as boxing rivals with a score to settle.
45PM KICK OFF By JOHN BRIDGWATER CEFN Druids have a score to settle as they look to maintain their push for a top six place in tonight's trip to Aberystwyth Town.
8 Nick Easter reckons he has a score to settle with England boss Stuart Lancaster - and is still eyeing a 2015 World Cup spot.
There is, however, a score to settle upon her return to America.
Porta's quest: Richard Porta, the Australian striker of Dubai, has a score to settle as he was regarded as a failure last season with Al Wasl.
Sport24 believes the Proteas have a score to settle this time around when they tour New Zealand.
They beat us 4-0 at their ground earlier in the season, so we've got a score to settle.
A year ago the Kings put paid to the Trojans' hopes of winning the national crown so the Merseysiders had a score to settle.
Twice would give the nod to every lunatic with a score to settle.
JIM GANNON has a score to settle today as Halifax bid to pull off a giantkilling act against Bradford Bulls.