Definition of settle (or square) accounts with in English:

settle (or square) accounts with

phrase

  • Have revenge on.

    ‘an embittered Charlotte is determined to settle accounts with Elizabeth’
    • ‘Stalin believed Hitler would never attack the Soviet Union unless or until he had settled accounts with the British empire - because to do so would expose Germany to a war against too many enemies at once.’
    • ‘On this basis, Shachtman rejected the possibility of the Soviet working class settling accounts with Stalinism through a political revolution.’
    • ‘But nothing seems to preoccupy them quite as much as the urge to settle accounts with the old government.’
    • ‘These polemics, though, take on again and again an elegiac ring, as he settles accounts with the great figures who had preoccupied him throughout his life.’
    • ‘If a European referendum is held, it will be time to settle accounts with the EU kleptocracy.’
    • ‘The last years of Franco's life were marked by the political strivings of the working class to settle accounts with the dictatorship and student rebellions.’
    • ‘The idea, however, was rejected because of the potential danger of using the asset forfeiture bill for settling accounts with political opponents.’
    • ‘Pseudoscientists are anxious to settle accounts with the Academy of Science, because the Academy is a great obstacle to these newly half-baked ‘scientists.’’
    • ‘Rick was just going to have to forget about settling accounts with her because she was having none of it.’
    • ‘The work is about the artist's efforts to settle accounts with Bertha Alyce by ‘exposing’ her.’
    • ‘Gritting their teeth, because the holy men were accustomed to other methods of settling accounts with heretics and nonbelievers.’
    • ‘When Hitler's armies invaded Belgium on May 10, 1940, both Flemish and Wallonian fascist parties celebrated the opportunity given them to win political power, and to settle accounts with Bolshevism.’
    • ‘Henry chose the question of ‘criminous clerks' as the issue on which to settle accounts with his archbishop.’
    • ‘Chris risks his life to save Dixie, but later claims he only did it to square accounts with Dixie for his having accepted the blame for starting their fistfight.’
    • ‘There's a war on, you know and the business to hand is to stop it - not settle accounts with groups you don't agree with.’
    • ‘The Emperor returned once again to Italy, to settle accounts with the Lombard League.’
    • ‘What we may assume is that an embittered Charlotte is determined to settle accounts with Elizabeth.’
    • ‘There, too, the working class was blocked from settling accounts with fascism and capitalism.’
    • ‘This was only part of a much larger effort by the American ruling class, after decades of political instability, to settle accounts with radicalism and socialism.’
    • ‘The DSS has accused the government of using the state of emergency to settle accounts with its political opponents.’
    get one's revenge, have one's revenge, take one's revenge, get one's revenge on, have one's revenge on, take one's revenge on, be revenged, be revenged on, revenge oneself, revenge oneself on, hit back, get back at, get, get even, get even with, even the score, even the score with, settle a score, settle the score, settle accounts, settle accounts with, give as good as one gets, play tit for tat, repay, pay someone back, give someone their just deserts, reciprocate, retaliate, retaliate against, retaliate on, take reprisals, take reprisals against, exact retribution, exact retribution on, let someone see how it feels, give someone a taste of their own medicine
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