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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  • Settled

    verb (used with object), settled, settling. 1. to appoint, fix, or resolve definitely and conclusively; agree upon (as time, price, or conditions). 2. to place in a desired state or in order: to settle one’s affairs. 3. to pay, as a bill. 4. to close (an account) by payment. 5. to migrate to and organize […]

  • Settlement

    noun 1. the act or state of settling or the state of being settled. 2. the act of making stable or putting on a permanent basis. 3. a state of stability or permanence. 4. an arrangement or adjustment, as of business affairs or a disagreement. 5. an agreement signed after labor negotiations between union and […]



  • Settlement-house

    noun 1. the act or state of settling or the state of being settled. 2. the act of making stable or putting on a permanent basis. 3. a state of stability or permanence. 4. an arrangement or adjustment, as of business affairs or a disagreement. 5. an agreement signed after labor negotiations between union and […]

  • Settlement-option

    noun, Insurance. 1. any of the options, other than immediate payment in a lump sum, by which the policyholder or beneficiary may choose to have the benefits of a policy paid.



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