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hold a grudge

To harbor persistent and continual resentment or ill feelings toward someone, especially for some slight or wrongdoing they have 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!
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bear a grudge (against someone)

To remain angry with someone about past slights or misdeeds. Although our disagreement happened months ago, Lily still won't talk to me—clearly, she's bearing a grudge. My sister-in-law bore a grudge against me for years after she found out that I said her wedding dress was ugly.
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bear a grudge (against someone)

 and have a grudge (against someone); hold a grudge (against someone)
to continue feeling an old resentment for someone; to harbor continual anger for someone. She bears a grudge against the judge who sentenced her. I have a grudge against my landlord for not fixing the leaky faucet.
See also: bear, grudge

hold a grudge

(against someone) Go to bear a grudge (against someone).
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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?
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bear a grudge

Also, have or hold a grudge . Maintain resentment or anger against someone for a past offense. For example, They held up my claim for months, but I won't bear a grudge against them, or His grandfather was always one to hold a grudge. [c. 1600]
See also: bear, grudge

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.
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You will usually realize that the rejection isn't the end of the world, and the grudge will become less intense.
But Lappin insists he harbours no grudges against the Aussie.
Here is a welcoming, compassionate book of practical spirituality a spirituality of forgiveness that will comfort and inform anyone who has ever experienced a grudge, that is, all of us.
Love added that she doesn't have time to hold on to the past and that she would let go off all the grudges.
An expert in forgiveness, Carolyn seeks to enhance others lives by opening their eyes to the damaging effects of harboring grudges and resentments.
I try to be a good friend, but I have a hard time letting go of grudges.
Summary: Spurs manager Harry Redknapp says he holds no grudges against Roy Hodgson who is looking more likely to inherit the England job.
There are those people who permanently hold grudges against anyone who has hurt them.
We want to continue democracy adding we have no personal grudges adding entire Nation wants to know that why did PML-N Leader Nawaz Sharif ran amid darkness from the country by virtue of an agreement.
Ernie and Edna said their marriage wasn't always perfect but they battled through any problems and say the secret to a long marriage is not to hold grudges.
Forgiving, apologizing and eliminating grudges are fertile seeds for that fulfillment.
The Irishman, who's out until December, insists he holds no grudges against the Kiwis but feels let down by the governing body's citing board.
citizens do not hold old grudges, as is true in the Middle East.
Legg said he holds no grudges against anyone at Cardiff despite the 'disappointing' contract offer that prompted him to leave.