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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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have a grudge (against one)

To remain angry with one about some past slight or misdeed. Although our disagreement happened months ago, Lily clearly still has a grudge because she won't say a word to me. My sister-in-law had a grudge against me for years after she found out that I said her wedding dress was ugly.
See also: grudge, have

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!
See also: grudge, hold

hold a grudge against (one)

To remain angry with one about past slights or misdeeds. Although our disagreement happened months ago, Lily is clearly still holding a grudge against me. My sister-in-law held a grudge against me for years after she found out that I said her wedding dress was ugly.
See also: grudge, hold

nurse a grudge (against one)

To harbor persistent and continual resentment or ill feelings toward one, especially for some slight or wrongdoing one committed in the past. Johnny has been nursing 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 nursed a grudge in her life!
See also: grudge, nurse

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.
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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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To sum up, grudges remain one of the most unpleasant results of interpersonal disputes.
"The BCCI does not work with personal grudges, it totally depends on how he performs in domestic cricket.
Grudges serve as a monument erected to honour the memory of the injustice you suffered.
Go big or go home You have to fully commit grudge, and never doubt yourself.
You will usually realize that the rejection isn't the end of the world, and the grudge will become less intense.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp says he holds no grudges against Roy Hodgson who is looking more likely to inherit the England job.
"Although Jenny and Janet insisted they were only joking, it's well known that Janet has a bit of a grudge against Katherine.
Anger involving grudges or revenge is solely a human emotion, says Dr.
"We've had our disagreements like all couples but we've never held grudges," said Edna.
Forgiving, apologizing and eliminating grudges are fertile seeds for that fulfillment.
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.
But she said she no longer bore any grudges and was now ``hungry for success'' in her own solo career.
Some apologies have the power to heal and restore damaged relationships, avoid or undo vengeance and grudges, and diminish guilt and shame.