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a score to settle

An old problem, grudge, or grievance (with or against someone or something) that one wishes or intends to redress or rectify. I've had a score to settle with my brother ever since he ran away with my wife. The former champion entered the competition with a score to settle, after being knocked out of the tournament last year by a newcomer. There are a few scores I still need to settle with my old bosses, but otherwise, I've pretty well moved on.
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"Well, it's up to you to say what you will do," said he; "for my part I have a score to settle with these monkey-folk, and if it ends by wiping them off the face of the earth I don't see that the earth need fret about it.
MARTYN WAGHORN has a score to settle tonight - with himself.
[USA], Aug 3 (ANI): American actor Nicolas Cage says he took music lessons to understand his character in the thriller 'A Score to Settle.'
Film Festival CAIRO - 23 May 2019: The filmmakers of "A Score to Settle" starring world famous Nicolas Cage and Egyptian star Mohamed Kareem made a special screening at Cannes International Film Festival.
Score to settle St Johnstone didn't waste the chance to twist the knife into Dundee as they inflicted a fourth Tayside derby defeat, with the club's official Twitter account taking a cheeky pop.
Andy Morrison's men will have a score to settle after losing 1-0 to the Archers in the semi-final of the Nathaniel MG Cup back in November.
The City players will feel they have a score to settle when they meet the Saddlers again in the league, and they don't have long to wait with Robins's men due back at the Banks's early next month.
And she's under threat from a police officer who has a score to settle.
Before the two matches, the Botswana team had a score to settle with their South African opponents who had beaten them at the regional open championships in Bloemfontein and Cape Town and the recent Zone VI tournament.
figure By MOHAMED AHMEDbr Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has said he no longer has a score to settle with President Uhuru Kenyatta.Mr Joho, who has been a critic of President Kenyattas government, extended an olive branch.
Joined by Garin Braden, who has his own score to settle, Annja follows the path of seven ancient coins into the lair of Spider, one of history's deadliest assassins.
Lord and his team have a score to settle with Stars after Devils lost 3-1 in Scotland last month, a defeat which sparked a run of four defeats in five matches.
The Firhill men have a score to settle after their agonising League Cup defeat when extra-time strikes from Daniel Candeias and Eduardo Herrera secured a 3-1 win.
The police said the housemaids were told by the robbers they were just following orders and that they had a score to settle with one of the house owners.
Ebbw have a score to settle with Pontypridd as well.