settle a/the score

idiom

: to harm or punish someone who caused one harm

Examples of settle a/the score in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While all other Eastern Conference games on the last day of the calendar resulted in blowout decisions, a Chicago Bulls team with nothing to gain and a Knicks team with something to lose needed an extra period to settle the score at Madison Square Garden early Sunday afternoon. Kristian Winfield, New York Daily News, 14 Apr. 2024 In the end, the two handle their dispute cowboy style in an all-out brawl that seems to settle the score once and for all. Kayla Keegan, Peoplemag, 11 May 2024 And in general, the Kendrick-Drake beef has the ingredients of a classic rap beef: two talented artists, who care about the craft, trying to settle a score over a beat. C. Brandon Ogbunu, WIRED, 6 May 2024 As his childhood trauma boils over, his mysteriously scarred hands unleash an explosive campaign of retribution to settle the score with the men who took everything from him. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 2 Apr. 2024 Senate Republicans will be under enormous pressure from their colleagues in the House and from Republican voters to use impeachment to settle the score from President Trump’s two impeachments. Ken Buck, National Review, 14 Feb. 2024 Sometimes the best movies often are the ones where the protagonist is seemingly defeated, gets a second lease on life, and returns in the final act to settle the score. Jordan Rose, Variety, 26 Aug. 2021 Ortega returned hours later to settle the score by robbing his assailant, only to be quickly arrested. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2023 Rookie Lucas Raymond capped Tuesday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Little Caesars Arena with an overtime goal to settle the score at 4-3. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 2 Mar. 2022

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“Settle a/the score.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/settle%20a%2Fthe%20score. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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