settle old scores (with someone)

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settle old scores (with someone)

To get vengeance on someone for a past transgression or grievance; to punish someone for causing one harm or misfortune in the past. The former champion entered the competition looking to settle old scores with the young player who dethroned him in the previous tournament. After five years hiding from the law, Hofstadter decided it was time to return to town and settle old scores.
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Undoubtedly Alex Salmond will settle old scores with Westminster politicians who disparage him so appallingly.
Al-Maliki's critics say he is using the government to settle old scores with Sunni Muslims after decades under Saddam Hussein's regime, and to prevent Kurds from raking in huge oil revenues at the expense of Baghdad.
WHEN even "nice" John Major explodes in fury at the mention of Rupert Murdoch's name and suggests a cross-party alliance to attack him, you realise in the final volume of Chris Mullin's diaries that it seems some MPs have been biding their time to settle old scores with the newspaper tycoon.
The game had been billed as the chance to settle old scores with the Germans - forever England's bogey team at major tournaments - but the passionate supporters were not given much to shout about.
But a military clash with Hizbullah would allow Israel to settle old scores with the Iran-backed party and show the international public once and for all who pulls the strings in this part of the world," Shoucair said.
In revealing she thinks her golliwog trouble may be an attempt to settle old scores with the Iron Lady, she doesn't realise it is solely because she is Thatcher's daughter that she worked occasional shifts for the BBC - career-wise, she's never cut the mustard.
The England midfielder wants Chelsea to concentrate on the prize of a place in the final rather than trying to settle old scores with Rafa Benitez's men.
It is, perhaps, the ultimate kiss-and-tell story, with the difference that Fanny is not telling her story to make money, or to settle old scores with former lovers.
Earlier in the week, bigmouth Grace had pleaded with viewers to let her back into the main house - bragging she would settle old scores with her former rival.
Rovers boss Mark Hughes, meanwhile, insists his side will not set out to settle old scores with former boss Souness tomorrow.
NBC may be tiding in to settle old scores with Mexico's No.
Saddam accused the US government of using the attacks as an excuse to settle old scores with Muslim countries.
The police are sceptical, but PC Ashton (Scott Neal) tries to befriend Moore and tells him to settle old scores with the drug dealers.
at the prospect of Yoko, 64, using the proposed $65 million movie to settle old scores with critics who say she was behind the band's breakup.