hold a grudge

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hold a grudge

To harbor persistent and continual resentment or ill feelings toward someone, especially for some slight or wrongdoing he or she has committed in the past. Johnny has been holding a grudge against me since we were 12 because I embarrassed him in front of a girl he liked. Samantha is just so forgiving—I don't think she's ever held a grudge in her life!
See also: grudge, hold

hold a grudge

(against someone) Go to bear a grudge (against someone).
See also: grudge, hold
References in classic literature ?
The fellow who gave this information was a servant in my lady's household who held a grudge against his mistress for some wrong she had done him.
Prosecutors charge Tuffree shot Clark because he held a grudge against the police for once confiscating the same handgun Tuffree used to shoot the officer.