settle an old score (with someone)

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settle an old score (with someone)

To get vengeance on someone for a past wrong or grievance; to punish someone for causing one harm or misfortune in the past. The former champion entered the competition looking to settle an old score with the young player who dethroned him two years prior. After five years in hiding from the law, Hofstadter decided it was time to return to town and settle some old scores.
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The murder was committed by the duo to settle an old score with him over a property dispute," the officer added.
30) tonight, he can settle an old score with Silviniaco Conti in the Betfred Bowl.
Fultz, who is nominated for Breakout Action Star in a Feature plays Jack, an outcast that returns to town to settle an old score with the crew that betrayed him.
The revolutionary students' today move and occupation of the Old Fox's Den of Plots was only a meager response to this declaration of war and Britain should wait for the coming moves of the great Iranian nation who intends to settle an old score with Britain for years of plotting (against Iran)," the students' statement read.
Police in the Russian city of Omsk are now hunting the man, who they believe is looking to settle an old score with the judge.
The two goals helped Senghor maintain his top place in the UFL top scorers list and settle an old score with Al Ain which released him two years ago to join Bani Yas and led his team to their biggest ever victory over Al Ain.
JAMES DEGALE hopes to settle an old score with bitter rival George Groves by taking on the Commonwealth champion in December.
BOXING: James Degale hopes to settle an old score with bitter rival George Groves by taking on the Commonwealth champion in December.
Dubai Legendary Liverpool striker Ian Rush says he will be looking to settle an old score with former Milan captain Franco Baresi should the two sides meet at the Emirates Airline Dubai Football 7s which kicks off today.
BLOCK paver Chris Slater will look to settle an old score with Dave Jones tomorrow - because the Cardiff chief's pavements are in arrears after throwing him on the dole.
The filly, who is by top sire Montjeu, is favourite for today's Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh and looked spot on to settle an old score with Playful Act.
settle an old score with Kheleyf from the Norfolk, in which he finished three-quarters of a length behind in third.
No group admitted responsibility for the killing but it was believed to have been carried out at the behest of a top-ranking IRA man to settle an old score with Mr Collins.
DEBT collector Kevin Francis aims to settle an old score with his former skipper Steve Bruce next week and wreck Blues' play-off hopes at the same time.
Sitting in judgement more than a decade later, it's difficult to say whether he was actually the whistle blower or wanted to settle an old score with one of the deities of Indian cricket, but it was his tell-all interview in 1997 which started it all.