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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

1. To pay money owed. Beware emails purporting to be from long-lost friends asking you to wire them money in order to settle an account—it's probably a scam.
2. To pay an amount of money to clear a debt with a credit institution, especially when it is less than the amount originally owed. If you find yourself with a large enough lump sum of cash, you may be able to settle an account for significantly less than what's owed, so long as you can pay the new amount in full.
3. To avenge a misdeed; to harm or punish someone who wronged one in the past. This court is not the means by which jilted lovers can settle an account, is that understood Mr. Daniels? Look, I don't have an account to settle with you or anything, so let's just let bygones be bygones, OK?
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 (or square) accounts with someone

1 pay money owed to someone. 2 have revenge on someone.
See also: account, settle, someone
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Salih stressed, during his meeting with the heads of the State of Law Coalition Nuri al-Maliki and Al-Fateh Coalition Hadi al-Amiri and former Speaker of Parliament Salim al-Jubouri, rejection of the policy of axes and settling accounts, and to distance the country from being a springboard to attack any of the neighboring countries and the region.
As a rising wave of assassinations of militant commanders has started in Northwestern Syria, sources close to the terrorist groups in Idlib reported on Tuesday that the Turkish army is settling accounts with Tahrir al-Sham commanders who oppose Ankara's policies in Idlib.
Khalil said that settling accounts should not be done by repeating the same mistakes.
The details of the agreement are kept secret, but some assume that the implementation of the plan will involve currency swaps (which means that the 2 neighbors will abandon the US Dollar while settling accounts within the scope of this NG agreement).
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