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settle a 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 a score with the young player who dethroned him in the previous tournament. After five years in hiding from the law, Hofstadter decided it was time to return to town and settle a score.
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settle a score

Also, settle or wipe out an old score or scores . Get even, avenge a grievance or an injury. For example, Wendy settled an old score with Bill when she made him wait for half an hour in the rain . These expressions, dating from the mid-1800s to early 1900s, all use score in the sense of "an account" or "bill." Also see pay off, def. 3.
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settle a score

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settle an old score

COMMON If someone settles a score or settles an old score, they take revenge for something that someone has done to them in the past. Phillips insists he's not interested in settling a score against the team that fired him a couple of months ago. Waters had only been out of jail three weeks when he and two friends went to settle an old score with a man he had met in prison. Note: You can talk about people or groups being involved in score-settling or the settling of scores. What is happening now is score-settling and there is little hope of an end to it. What we are witnessing here is the settling of scores.
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TIM HOWARD insists Everton will not go out at Wembley looking to settle old scores against Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final showdown tomorrow (12.
GOALKEEPER Tim Howard insists Everton will not go out at Wembley looking to settle old scores against Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final tomorrow.
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But Joyce claimed he feared the older man lured him to his caravan park home to settle old scores and said he was "frightened for my life".
And now it's his time to right his wrongs and settle old scores.
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military's "credible intelligence sources" turned out to simply be Afghans who were using the Americans to settle old scores against rivals.
FORMER Prime Minister Tony Blair has used his autobiography, The Journey, to settle old scores.
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David Hood, public relations for William Hill, said: "The public have witnessed the various electioneering for more than a month now and so, with less than a week to go to May 6, what better way to settle old scores than on a racetrack from Britain's third most popular spectator sport?
It's because we want to win the league, not settle old scores," he added.