settle the score


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settle the 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 the score with the young player who dethroned him in the previous tournament. After five years in hiding from the law, Hofstadter decided it was time to return to town and settle the score.
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settle the score

(with someone) Go to settle a score with someone.
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Now there's every chance to settle the score properly.
We do not want to settle the score but we will endeavour to ask for explanations so as to lead afterwards to reconciliation and definitively close this case," she declared.
Nothing but the best is good enough, We''ve got to settle the score.
Ready to settle the score over the dispute, Ludemann travelled to her love rival's home in Pinellas Park, Florida, to declare Camacho hers.
Unfortunately for Gaynor, he decides to settle the score with Rhys in front of an inspector.
Now he's backing international pal Kerzhakov, who will lead Dynamo Moscow's attack at Parkhead, to settle the score.
The South Africans will be looking to settle the score here today and claim an all important victory over the Aussies at the end of play.