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harbor (something) against (someone or something)

To continue to feel negative emotions, such as anger, dislike, or hatred, for someone or something. I know you're supposed to forgive and forget, but I still harbor anger against Vince—I can't help it. Valerie apologized, so I don't harbor any ill will against her these days.
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harbor (something) toward (someone or something)

To continue to feel negative emotions, such as anger, dislike, or hatred, for someone or something. I know you're supposed to forgive and forget, but I still harbor anger toward Vince. Valerie apologized, so I don't harbor any ill will toward her these days.
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harbor ill will against (someone or something)

To continue to feel angry or hostile toward someone or something. I know you're supposed to forgive and forget, but I still harbor ill will against Vince—I can't help it. Valerie apologized, so I don't harbor any ill will against her these days.
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harbor ill will toward (someone or something)

To continue to feel angry or hostile toward someone or something. I know you're supposed to forgive and forget, but I still harbor ill will toward Vince—I can't help it. She apologized, so I don't harbor any ill will toward her these days.
See also: harbor, ill, toward, will

safe harbor

1. Some place that provides safety and protection. My aunt took us in and gave us safe harbor when she heard we were on the run from the police.
2. In law, something that provides legal protection. Unfortunately, nothing in the contract gives you safe harbor. So yeah, the other company can sue you for this.
3. In business, safety from being acquired by another company. That business we just acquired is so heavily regulated that it should give us safe harbor from the circling sharks looking to take us over.
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harbor something against someone or something

to have and retain a bad feeling of some kind toward someone or something. I harbor no ill will against you. Alice does not harbor any bad feeling against the company that let her go.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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