bear a grudge

bear a grudge (against someone)

 and have a grudge (against someone); hold a grudge (against someone)
to continue feeling an old resentment for someone; to harbor continual anger for someone. She bears a grudge against the judge who sentenced her. I have a grudge against my landlord for not fixing the leaky faucet.
See also: bear, grudge

bear a grudge

to continue to feel angry or not friendly towards someone who has done something to upset you in the past She got the job I applied for, but I'm not one to bear a grudge. (sometimes + against ) He still bears a grudge against her because she refused to go out with him years ago.
See also: bear, grudge

bear a grudge

Also, have or hold a grudge . Maintain resentment or anger against someone for a past offense. For example, They held up my claim for months, but I won't bear a grudge against them, or His grandfather was always one to hold a grudge. [c. 1600]
See also: bear, grudge
References in classic literature ?
He was certainly not more than thirty, and the elderly mate, with a murmur to me of "That's my old man," proceeded to give instances of the natural unhandiness of the ship in a sort of deprecatory tone, as if to say, "You mustn't think I bear a grudge against her for that.
If so be that you still bear a grudge against me for what happened last night, pray forgive me.
But kings do not like to have their offers refused, and in time he would bear a grudge against you, which would render me very unhappy.
I'm not one of those managers who when they leave a club bear a grudge.
Also, even if we have been grievously wronged, we are admonished not to seek vengeance or bear a grudge against the person who has wronged us, even if he or she has not sought our forgiveness.
If Reid bears a grudge and Danny has played his last game for Leeds, then five years, which is the length of his contract, is a long time to bear a grudge.
Alarcon's bid for office has the support of several Latino lawmakers, many of whom bear a grudge against Katz dating back to his days in the state Assembly.
Its audience figures have doubled since the programme makers replaced Beadle with a presenter who doesn't bear a grudge against the world.
Nor is there any indication the files focused on individuals against whom the Clintons bear a grudge.