settle a score
Meaning: If you settle a score with someone who has hurt you or insulted you in the past, you do something to hurt or insult them in return.
- We think that the fire was lit on purpose to settle a score between rival gangs.
- Boxing promoters often create the impression that boxers have scores to settle with each other in order to create more drama before a fight and sell more tickets.
Johnny said he'd settle the score with Jimmy one day after Jimmy had