Settle up

13 January 2009

Can we settle something that I’ve been wondering about. As I’ve noted before, I often wonder where many of our little phrases and cliches come from.

Right now, I’m wondering about the phrase ‘settle up’ or to pay a debt. Isn’t it strange on the face of it. Where did it come from?

I mean, I get the settle part, but ‘up’? How does that help?

Why not settle down as in put down the cash, but that is even more scary….right?

Settle down seems to make more sense given its definition. Could it been that once you settle down, you have to pay a dowry or settle up? You know, 2nd law of thermodynamics to keep the balance.

Can anyone help?


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