settle an account


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settle accounts

1. To pay or receive money owed. The phrase can be used by the debtor or the debtee. I need to settle accounts with Dean now, before I owe him even more money! Thanks for settling accounts with me, I really needed the money this month.
2. To avenge a misdeed. Now that she thinks I started that rumor about her, I'm worried about how she is going to settle accounts with me. Oh, I'll use my fists to settle accounts with him after school!
See also: account, settle

settle an account

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settle accounts

If you settle an account or settle accounts with an enemy or opponent, you bring your fight or argument to an end by defeating them. She had an account to settle with her family. He told me to give up my desire to settle accounts with the person who had injured me. Note: The verb square is sometimes used instead of settle. The team was determined to square the account in this match.
See also: account, settle

settle a ˈscore/an acˈcount (with somebody)

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settle an old ˈscore

hurt or punish somebody who has harmed or cheated you in the past; get revenge: I’ve got a score to settle with him after the terrible things he said about my girlfriend.Before he left the school, he wanted to settle an old score with one of his classmates. OPPOSITE: call it quits
See also: account, score, settle
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The Malton-based trainer, who has 20 two-year-olds in training, had been forced to enter the group to settle an account with the sales company after one of his principal patrons said he had run into financial difficulty.