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English definition of “settle an account”

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settle an account

to harm someone because they have harmed you in the past: Police think that the killings may be a result of accounts being settled between local gangs.
Translations of “settle an account”
in Chinese (Traditional) 清算舊帳,報復…
in Chinese (Simplified) 清算旧账,报复…
(Definition of settle an account from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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