settle a score (with someone)

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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 with someone

 and settle the score (with someone)
Fig. to clear up a problem with someone; to get even with someone. John wants to settle a score with his neighbor. Tom, it's time you and I settled the 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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settle (or pay) a (or the) score

take revenge on someone for something damaging that they have done in the past.
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But with the main protagonist no longer involved, animosity will give way to courtesy in the directors' lounge at Vicarage Road, leaving Watford to settle scores on the pitch.
Mr Boitshwarelo further pleaded with parents who share child custody to always act in the best interest of the child as opposed to using their children to settle scores.
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It is ridiculous to accuse the commission of being out to settle scores on a matter of public interest.
It is inciting and treacherous for anyone who lays claim to leadership to put up an advocacy for jungle justice and other forms of extrajudicial killings to settle scores in whatever matter.
Exploiting anti-terrorism law for political gainswould harmdemocracy, he said and alleged that the law was used to settle scores with opponents.
The report further says that the decision is also influenced by the fact that these armed lashkars were now partially using their position to settle scores with personal enemies instead of chasing militants.
I find it reprehensible the way that people have used this tragedy to settle scores from their time in government.
A six-month-old toddler is fighting for her life in Kolkata and faces the danger of losing her eyesight after her relatives injected acid into her eyes to settle scores.
In a big relief to expats married to Saudis, the Justice Ministry has done away with a law which was widely abused to settle scores by spouses in times of marital discord or family disputes.
He had accused his Islamist opponents of using the cartoon to settle scores with him.
I really hope that the public interest will be taken into consideration away from attempts to settle scores in the service of petty personal interests," Harb told the Voice of Lebanon radio station.
There are very few from either side who can claim the high ground after this wretched few months, as they either brazenly used the vote to pursue a careerist domestic agenda, or to settle scores along party lines.
He wants to pay debts, settle scores and discover who killed his brother.
Do we have that initial confidence that a litigation is not at the instance of a party trying to settle scores with some other party?