cause hard feelings

cause hard feelings

To cause ill will, resentment, or anger (toward someone or something). John's remarks after the ceremony caused a lot of hard feelings. I hope my decision didn't cause any hard feelings. It was just business.
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I don't want any war with the Hoppers, for wars between nations always cause hard feelings."
The anti-Castro exiles aren't monolithic in politics but -isms continue to cause hard feelings. The folly of political difference hits Roli during a sub-radar run to Cuba from the Keys: "Why do we allow our ideologies to get in the way of each other?
However, we have no wish to cause hard feelings and understand that people couldn't help but have hard feelings if we were given a key.
Although technically permissible, such restrictions often cause hard feelings. Limit the use of restrictive policies to situations that actually disrupt the daily lab operation or have the potential to create long-standing staff divisions.
In each case, tough decisions have to be made quickly, and in a way that won't cause hard feelings among the living.