settle an old score (with someone)

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settle an old score (with someone)

To get vengeance on someone for a past wrong or grievance; to punish someone for causing one harm or misfortune in the past. The former champion entered the competition looking to settle an old score with the young player who dethroned him two years prior. After five years in hiding from the law, Hofstadter decided it was time to return to town and settle some old scores.
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with PNP determined to settle an old score with the defending champion.
KARACHI: A young boy was found handcuffed and kept in unlawful confinement on the premises of the Dari police station, Larkana when a civil judge conducted a raid to recover a man, detained by the SHO concerned allegedly to settle an old score. According to a source, both the persons were found detained at the SHO's residential quarter, located on the premises of the police station.
LARKANA -- A young boy was found handcuffed and kept in unlawful confinement on the premises of the Dari police station of Larkana when a civil judge conducted a raid to recover a man, detained by the SHO concerned allegedly to settle an old score.
Vladimir Putin is spoiling for a fight with the West as he wants to settle an old score for losing the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Iron Curtain.
Eager to settle an old score, La Salle came out tenacious early to deal University of the Philippines its worst beating of UAAP Season 80.
MIDDLESBROUGH'S Paul Drinkhall is hoping the aura that only surrounds an Olympic Games will help him settle an old score in Rio after a solid firstround win.
A There's also the possibility of an all-British tie against Celtic, the chance to settle an old score against Villarreal or a tough task against current holders Sevilla, whose squad includes former Blues loanee Gerard Deulofeu.
ANEMOS can settle an old score in the Silks Suite Handicap (2.50) at Lingfield today, writes David Milnes.
They are no strangers to Portlaoise and they would surely relish the chance to settle an old score with Galway.
Eindhoven were seeded ninth of the 16 teams in yesterday's double draw and it gives Leeds the opportunity to settle an old score.
No group admitted responsibility for the killing but it was believed to have been carried out at the behest of a top-ranking IRA man to settle an old score with Mr Collins.
A source said the attack is being treated as a gang-land hit and officers believe it may be an attempt to settle an old score.
``But at the very least they intended to settle an old score they perceived had wronged them.
Mr Bull said: ``At the very least there was an intent to settle an old score against two men they perceived had wronged them.
QUEEN'S PARK keeper Tony Mitchell hopes to settle an old score and pick up a medal at the same time.