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Explanation: I think your initial definition fits quite well.
triskele Italy Local time: 15:12 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in pair: 68
4 hrs confidence: peer agreement (net): +1
settling of accounts
Explanation: The political impasse has spilled over into the economy, spawning a sub-culture of mafia-style killings among rival clans. In August, two prominent nationalists were shot dead in a bar in upper Corsica, with police unable to determine whether the killings were politically motivated or a private settling of accounts http://www.cnn.com/2000/WORLD/europe/08/08/corsica.overview/...
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Russian police face acute embarrassment as they admit two men arrested after ... have been a settling of accounts between criminals. Russian ... Sicilians dish up anti-Mafia pasta Finland and ...
Russia, Crime, Contract Killings
... the shootings bore the hallmarks of a mafia-style hit, found documents on the wounded ... Police said the incident was a "settling of accounts" between criminal groups and that the targets ... www.cdi.org/russia/johnson/5578-9.cfm
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PB Trans Local time: 14:12 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in pair: 140