settle accounts with someone

settle accounts

1. To pay or receive money owed. The phrase can be used by the debtor or the creditor. I need to settle accounts with Dean before he forgets to pay me back! 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 (or square) accounts with someone

1 pay money owed to someone. 2 have revenge on someone.
See also: account, settle, someone