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.
See also: old, score, settle
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A suicidal pet store manager returns to his hometown to settle some old scores, but finds the residents' chaotic lives provide him with something to live for.
Setting off from Billings, Montana, Bruce Dern plays a 77-year-old father called Woody Grant who wants to settle some old scores en route to Lincoln, Nebraska, and then claim a (worthless) million dollar prize from junk mail company Mega Sweepstakes Marketing.
Setting off from Billings, Montana to head for Lincoln, Nebraska, he wants to settle some old scores en route, then claim his prize from Mega Sweepstakes Marketing.
SIR Alex Ferguson has insisted the decision to write a second autobiography was not made as an excuse to settle some old scores.
BAGHDAD - A Sahwa council adviser on Saturday accused neighboring countries of attempting to settle some old scores with the United States on Iraqi land.
Since gaining independence from the Soviet empire the Georgians have been dreaming of a chance to settle some old scores on the football field.
Cemaes Bay, who receive Lex, are fired up to settle some old scores because last season they tumbled at home to their Wrexham rivals in the cup's first round.
David has done a great job - I can now settle some old scores.
And Fleming is prepared to accept nothing less than a victory to settle some old scores once and for all.
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: A Sahwa council adviser on Saturday accused neighboring countries of attempting to settle some old scores with the United States on Iraqi land.
Wales will be looking to settle some old scores themselves - last time the teams met, in Bologna during the Euro 2000 qualification campaign, a 4-0 defeat cost Bobby Gould his job.
It's an attempt to regain his childhood, put off facing up to the adult world, and settle some old scores, all at the same time.