settle up(redirected from settles it up)
1. To resolve something, such as an argument or dispute. A noun or pronoun can be used between "settle" and "up." Neither of us knew enough about football to be completely sure, so we brought Mike over to settle it up for us. Legislators have been working throughout the night to settle up the issues holding up a trade agreement.
2. To pay the balance of some debt. A noun or pronoun can be used between "settle" and "up." You're not welcome here until you settle up your debt! Let me go settle the bill up with the waiter.
settle up (with one)
To pay the balance of what is owed to someone. You get our jackets while I go settle up with the bartender. Brian and I need to settle up for those plane tickets soon—I hate having debt hanging over me.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
Also, settle with someone. Pay a debt or one's share of the cost, as in When can you settle up for the tickets I bought for us? or Jean said she'd settle with the bank next month.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
To balance an account by paying what is owed: After the poker game, we counted our chips and settled up. I went down to the racetrack and settled up with the bookie.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.