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settle out of court

To resolve (a lawsuit, dispute, or threat thereof) by mutual agreement between both parties involved without going through a trial in a court of law. A noun or pronoun can be used between "settle" and "out." Members of the class-action lawsuit have agreed to settle out of court with the pharmaceutical manufacturer for an undisclosed amount. No one wants some lengthy and expensive trial. Let's just settle this thing out of court, shall we?
See also: court, of, out, settle
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settle (something) (out of court)

to end a disagreement and reach an agreement without having to go through trial in a court of justice. The plaintiff and defendant decided to settle before the trial. Mary and Sue settled out of court before the trial.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Settle, who worked as a special support assistant at Castlebrook High School in Unsworth, Bury, from 2010, created bogus Facebook accounts in the names of 'James' and 'Matthew' then sent a friend request to the victim.
Chris Taylor, prosecuting, said his first victim arrived home at 5.45pm on November 7, 2013, and could hear Settle shouting from the flat above.
The news capped a crazy-busy year for Settle, a director who, after years based in Brooklyn, pulled up stakes and moved with her nine-year-old son Logan to Philadelphia to head the University of the Arts's Ira Brind School of Theatre Arts.
When the America Invents Act (AIA) was enacted, many commentators praised a provision of the AIA that allows parties to settle a post-grant review, typically an inter partes review (IPR) or a covered business method review (CBM), by moving to terminate the proceeding.
However, they often settle most first-party lawsuits rather than litigate aggressively.
Ready mixed producers have attempted to use various filters, polymers and flocculents to settle out the cement fines to clear the water with mixed results.
US Light, sweet crude for December delivery rose to USD 1.22 to settle at USD 86.67 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
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Of course, the trend this year has not been for the price to settle in anywhere for very long.
Stated otherwise, claims professionals may believe that the insurer can "bring the hammer down" on insureds who withhold their consent to settle.