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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.
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He has scores to settle with half a dozen people, he says, and he clamours for revolutions to give him a chance.
Robbie says: "Soccer Aid returns for the fifth time in June and I admit there are scores to settle.
The 51-Test left-armer, who has scores to settle against Alastair Cook's tourists, will almost certainly replace injured Mitchell Starc in Australia's first Test side at the Gabba from November 21 despite managing four Tests in two years.
THERE'LL be plenty of scores to settle later on tonight when Ireland take on Macedonia at the newly renovated National Arena Filip II Macedonian Stadium.
We're not nervous or apprehensive we just really want to get in there because there are a lot of old scores to settle with the Kazakhs," explained captain Mike Cox-Hill.
Now a free man and armed with a deadly list of scores to settle, he sets off on his mission.
Trouble brews when Felix's ex, assassin Dakota (Emily Mortimer), and Elmo's former associate Lizard (Meat Loaf) arrive with their own scores to settle.
The Lions scrum-half said: "There is a lot of talent in the Ospreys squad and they have scores to settle after our wins in Wales.
STEVE Harmison has declared he has some scores to settle against Australia next summer following one of the most humiliating episodes of his career two years ago, writes LUKE EDWARDS.
Sadly the topic was soon off the agenda and replaced by personal attacks on the PM by Prezza and Cherie - with books to sell - and Frank Field et al with personal scores to settle.
The Leicester reverse aside, the Falcons have not lost since their December 23 home defeat to Dean Ryan's men - and, after the two sides' 18-18 EDF Cup draw at Kingsholm back in October, the Falcons have some scores to settle.
And Mullins warned they have a few old scores to settle with Bolton.
I've got some scores to settle, some things to take care of,'' she said.
TOP SEED Peter Nicol and holder David Palmer have scores to settle when their Bank Alfalah World Open Squash tournament campaigns start in Lahore today.
While its slightly menacing title, "With Intent," suggested that this London-based artist had some scores to settle, the five large-scale, technologically complex, and obliquely interrelated installations had less to do with a re-engagement with the once-familiar than with an elaborate and theatrical estrangement of the everyday.