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English definition of “settle an (old) score”

settle an (old) score

(also settle (old) scores)
to harm someone because they have harmed you in the past: The president used his speech to settle some old scores with his opponents.Revenge and vengefulness
(Definition of settle an (old) score from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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