have it in for (someone)(redirected from have it in for them)
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have it in for (someone)
To persistently try or desire to criticize, cause harm to, or harass someone, especially due to a grudge. This is the third time in a row my professor has given me an F on my paper. I think he has it in for me or something! John's had it in for her ever since she forced him to sell his shares in the business.
have it in for someone
to be mad at someone; to wish to harm someone. Jane seems to have it in for Jerry. I don't know why. Max has it in for his old girlfriend since she broke up with him.
have it in for
Intend to harm, especially because of a grudge. For example, Ever since he called the police about their dog, the neighbors have had it in for Tom . [Mid-1800s]
have it in for someoneINFORMAL
COMMON If someone has it in for you, they do not like you and they want to make life difficult for you. He's always had it in for the Dawkins family. There are plenty of people who have it in for me.