Some fellows marry poor girls to settle down and others marry rich ones to settle up.
Then, when I have made enough, I'll send the cash to Arthur, and get him to settle up for me.
After the country began to settle up, an' families—real White families—began to move in, I used to be nearly crazy, sometimes.
If this young lady is my sister-in-law, surely she and I can settle up our own affairs.
I was ready to settle up and pay the license fee, but he wasn't ready to receive it.
It will take us weeks, months, to settle up so involved an estate.
Leaving his private quarters, he rode over to the Barkly Hotel, to settle up his score at that sumptuous caravanserai.
An' now you and me'll have a word or two particler, and settle up about this 'ere job.
We'll leave here to-morrow and go over to Dura and settle up there.
The worst, incomparably, was the going back on Monday evening to settle up.
"come to rest," Old English setlan "cause to sit, place, put," from setl "a seat" (see settle (n.)). Related: Settling. Cf. German siedeln "to settle, colonize."
From c.1300 of birds, etc., "to alight." From early 14c. as "sink down, descend; cave in." Early 15c. in reference to suspended particles in a liquid. Sense of "establish a permanent residence" first recorded 1620s; that of "decide" is 1620s. Meaning "secure title to by deed" is from 1660s.
Meaning "reconcile" (a quarrel, differences, etc.) perhaps is influenced by Middle English sahtlen "to reconcile," from Old English saht "reconciliation," from Old Norse satt "reconciliation." To settle down "become content" is from 1853; transitive sense from 1520s; as what married couples do in establishing domesticity, from 1718. To settle for "content oneself with" is from 1943.
"long bench," 1550s, from Middle English setle "a seat," from Old English setl "a seat, stall; position, abode; setting of a heavenly body," related to sittan "to sit," from Proto-Germanic *setla- (cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch setel, Dutch zetel, German Sessel, Gothic sitls), from PIE *sedla- (cf. Latin sella "seat, chair," Old Church Slavonic sedlo "saddle," Old English sadol "saddle"), from root *sed- (1) "to sit" (see sedentary).
To imprison, esp for a life sentence: Foley was ''pinched'' and ''settled'' in San Quentin (1899+)