settle an account
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!
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?
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
settle an accountor
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.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
settle a ˈscore/an acˈcount (with somebody),
settle an old ˈscorehurt or punish somebody who has harmed or cheated you in the past; get revenge: I’ve got a score to settle with him after the terrible things he said about my girlfriend. ♢ Before he left the school, he wanted to settle an old score with one of his classmates. OPPOSITE: call it quits
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017