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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.
See also: score, settle
References in classic literature ?
He has scores to settle with half a dozen people, he says, and he clamours for revolutions to give him a chance."
SHE looks like she's just ridden in from the Wild West with a few scores to settle.
Robbie says: "Soccer Aid returns for the fifth time in June and I admit there are scores to settle. Leading the England team, I will be making sure we defend that trophy against Rest of the World.
The 51-Test left-armer, who has scores to settle against Alastair Cook's tourists, will almost certainly replace injured Mitchell Starc in Australia's first Test side at the Gabba from November 21 despite managing four Tests in two years.
Dubai The jersey may have changed and the badge maybe different but proof that what's under it remains the same is evident when UAE players talk of "old scores to settle" against Kazakhstan in the Asian Five Nations tonight.
Now a free man and armed with a deadly list of scores to settle, he sets off on his mission.
Trouble brews when Felix's ex, assassin Dakota (Emily Mortimer), and Elmo's former associate Lizard (Meat Loaf) arrive with their own scores to settle.
The Lions scrum-half said: "There is a lot of talent in the Ospreys squad and they have scores to settle after our wins in Wales."
STEVE Harmison has declared he has some scores to settle against Australia next summer following one of the most humiliating episodes of his career two years ago, writes LUKE EDWARDS.
Sadly the topic was soon off the agenda and replaced by personal attacks on the PM by Prezza and Cherie - with books to sell - and Frank Field et al with personal scores to settle.
The Leicester reverse aside, the Falcons have not lost since their December 23 home defeat to Dean Ryan's men - and, after the two sides' 18-18 EDF Cup draw at Kingsholm back in October, the Falcons have some scores to settle.
And Mullins warned they have a few old scores to settle with Bolton.
While its slightly menacing title, "With Intent," suggested that this London-based artist had some scores to settle, the five large-scale, technologically complex, and obliquely interrelated installations had less to do with a re-engagement with the once-familiar than with an elaborate and theatrical estrangement of the everyday.
Writing about the '60s has been and remains a cathartic cottage industry, because there still are scores to settle, with others and even with oneself.