hold a grudge

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
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Point out the mind-body connection: `When I hold a grudge, it feels tight and tense in my stomach.
Discuss how you feel when you hold a grudge by giving an example of doing that when you were a child or in the present time.