settle the score


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settle the 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 the 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 the score.
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settle the score

(with someone) Go to settle a score with someone.
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Rumors of a trade show boxing match to settle the score are already afloat.
Prosecutors said the agent was out to settle the score.
Now, having the chance to finally settle the score with the Gracie family, I can't think of a better way to make a big comeback.
One way to settle the score isfor boundary changes to keep up with present reality and bring in the outskirt estates within the city boundary where they belong.
Jac's decision not to report the attack at the time had been uncharacteristically feeble of her but it seems she gets the chance to settle the score when Clooney's wife is brought in after supposedly falling down some stairs.
HART (24-5) at QUARTZ HILL (16-9): Division II Quartz Hill looks to settle the score after being eliminated by Hart in the first round last year.
Andries admits he's bursting to settle the score at the London Arena tomorrow.