settle the score (with someone)

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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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Unfortunately for Gaynor, he decides to settle the score with Rhys in front of an inspector.
Looking to settle the score with "northern" (read: New York) intellectualism, her biennale gets behind the feisty "southerner" by favoring artists from South America and warmer European countries, along with a sizable contingent from Australia and New Zealand.
Saturday to settle the score with John ``Jack'' Dufau, another 24-year-old Ventura man, police said.
Mosley will have a chance to settle the score with the last man to defeat him (as an amateur).
Now, having the chance to finally settle the score with the Gracie family, I can't think of a better way to make a big comeback.
Written once again by Late Night with Conan O'Brien staffer Brian McCann, Deer Avenger 2 will settle the score with slap happy deer stalkers (PC/MAC Hybrid CD-ROM).