nurse a grudge

nurse a grudge (against someone)

Fig. to keep resenting and disliking someone over a period of time. (Usually implies that it has been an unreasonably long time.) Sally is still nursing a grudge against Mary. How long can anyone nurse a grudge?
See also: grudge, nurse

nurse a grudge

Bear resentment for a long time, as in We don't know why Karl looks so angry; I think he's nursing a grudge against the family. This expression uses nurse in the sense of "foster a feeling," a usage dating from the mid-1700s.
See also: grudge, nurse
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That denial was upheld after a two-year court battle, but Tennant continued to nurse a grudge against what he perceived as a deadbeat federal agency.
In San Antonio, Avery Johnson continues to nurse a grudge over the fact he was placed on the trading block.