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a thin line between love and hate

A very narrow division between feelings of love and feelings of hate. A: "How could I possibly have a crush on Brian? He's such a jerk! I can't stand him." B: "Yeah, but there's a thin line between love and hate."
See also: and, between, hate, line, love, thin

be sick of the sight of (someone or something)

To have a strong aversion or sense of disgust or dislike when encountering someone or something. At this point, he's betrayed me so many times that I'm sick of the sight of him.
See also: of, sick, sight

grow to (do something)

To slowly begin to do something or feel a certain way over time. Ian annoyed me at first, but I really grew to like him as we spent more time together. Every young adult grows to want more freedom from their family—that's just how it is. Grandma grew to hate the cold and eventually moved to Florida.
See also: grow

hate (one's) guts

To utterly despise one; to feel nothing but hatred for one. I know for a fact that Stacy hates my guts. She told me to drop dead last time I saw her. He doesn't hate your guts, Paul. He's just mad that you lied to him.
See also: gut, hate

hate (someone or something) like sin

To hate someone or something very aggressively, intensely, or enthusiastically. I know you're suppose to forgive and forget, but I can't help it—I just hate him like sin for what he's done to me. Good luck getting Scotty out of bed this early—he hates mornings like sin.
See also: hate, like, sin

hate begets hate

proverb If you treat someone with anger, malice, or hatred, it will typically cause them to behave in a similar way to yourself or to others. I try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt and treat people as kindly as possible, even if they've wronged me in the past. Hate only ever begets hate, after all. It just feels like people only want to attack and tear down anyone with an opposing opinion these days. But hate begets hate, and all we seem to be getting is an ever-rising sea of ill will between each other.
See also: beget, hate

hate breeds hate

proverb If you treat someone with anger, malice, or hatred, it will typically cause them to behave in a similar way to yourself or to others. I try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt and treat people as kindly as possible, even if they've wronged me in the past. Hate only ever breeds hate, after all. It just feels like people only want to attack and tear down anyone with an opposing opinion these days. But hate breeds hate, and all we seem to be getting is an ever-rising sea of ill will between each other.
See also: breed, hate

hate on (someone or something)

slang To criticize or dislike someone or something, especially for petty, vindictive, or ill-informed reasons. Ugh, my parents are always hating on my boyfriend. Quit hating on my outfit—I think it's cute!
See also: hate, on

hate the sight of (someone or something)

To have a strong aversion or sense of disgust or dislike when encountering someone or something. At this point, he's betrayed me so many times that I hate the sight of him. I could never be a doctor or nurse—I just hate the sight of blood.
See also: hate, of, sight

haters gonna hate

slang There will always be those who seek to criticize and undermine things, whether justified or not. The phrase is often used to dismiss such critics while acknowledging that it is no use trying to stop them. I don't enjoy when opposing teams' fans boo me, but, hey, haters gonna hate. Oh well, haters gonna hate. Don't that dampen your excitement!
See also: gonna, hate

hate-watch

To watch a show, film, or other program that one strongly dislikes for the purpose of being able to criticize it or derive enjoyment from such disdain. No, I don't actually like "The Bachelor," I just hate-watch it.

I hate to break it to you

Used to introduce some information that one is about to reveal that the other person will find upsetting, unpleasant, or undesirable. A: "We'll need a strong third quarter to weather this downturn." B: "Well, I hate to break it to you, but sales are coming to a screeching halt." Look, I hate to break it to you, but Molly doesn't want anything to do with you anymore.
See also: break, hate

I hate to eat and run

Said apologetically by someone who has to leave a gathering very soon after eating. I hate to eat and run, but I have to catch the next train back to the city.
See also: and, eat, hate, run

love-hate relationship

A relationship or connection with someone or something that is characterized by both very positive and very negative feelings. I've got a bit of a love-hate relationship with this car—I absolutely adore the way it looks and handles on the road, but it has given me nothing but grief with how many times it has broken down. Tom and I have something of a love-hate relationship. When we get along, we're the best pals in the world, but other times we just drive each other crazy.
See also: relationship

pet hate

A source of annoyance for one; a pet peeve. Ugh, my pet hate is people who chew with their mouths open.
See also: hate, pet
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

hate someone or something like sin

Fig. to hate someone or something a great deal. She won't eat brussels sprouts. She hates 'em like sin. I don't want that man anywhere near me. I hate him like sin.
See also: hate, like, sin

hate someone's guts

Fig. to hate someone very much. Oh, Bob is terrible. I hate his guts! You may hate my guts for saying so, but I think you're getting gray hair.
See also: gut, hate

(I) hate to eat and run.

Cliché an apology made by someone who must leave a social event soon after eating. Bill: Well, I hate to eat and run, but it's getting late. Sue: Oh, you don't have to leave, do you? Bill: I think I really must. Mary: Oh, my goodness! I hate to eat and run, but I have to catch an early plane tomorrow. Bob: Do you have to go? Mary: Afraid so.
See also: and, eat, hate, run

love-hate relationship

Fig. a relationship of any kind that involves both devotion and hatred. Tommy has a love-hate relationship with his teacher. Mostly, though, it's hate lately.
See also: relationship

pet hate

Fig. something that is disliked intensely and is a constant or repeated annoyance. My pet hate is being put on hold on the telephone. Another pet hate of mine is having to stand in line.
See also: hate, pet
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hate someone's guts

Thoroughly despise someone, as in I hate Peter's guts. The guts here refers to a person's inner essence. [Slang; c. 1900]
See also: gut, hate
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

hate someone's guts

INFORMAL
COMMON If you hate someone's guts, you dislike them very much indeed. If she knew the real reason, she'd hate my guts. I loved my father very much — I would have hated the guts of anyone trying to take his place.
See also: gut, hate
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

hate someone's guts

feel a strong hatred for someone. informal
See also: gut, hate
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

ˌhate somebody’s ˈguts

(informal) dislike somebody very much: Don’t invite that man to the party. I hate his guts.
See also: gut, hate

your, his, etc. pet ˈhate

(British English) (American English your, his, etc. pet ˈpeeve) something that you particularly dislike: She didn’t mind people smoking, but her pet hate was people blowing smoke in her face.
See also: hate, pet

hate, be sick of, etc. the ˈsight of somebody/something

(informal) hate, etc. somebody/something very much: I’m sick of the sight of him!
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

hate someone’s guts

tv. to hate someone very much. You’re horrible. I hate your guts!
See also: gut, hate
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

hate on (someone)

Slang
To ridicule, insult, or act hatefully toward: Stop hating on them—they're my friends.
See also: hate, on
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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And it sounds like a lot of money, but our friends and supporters rallied around for Hater, and we know we can do it again.
"Time cools the fire of hate, thus forcing the hater to look inward.
With the wittering styIe of his letter, Smoke Hater shows all the after-effects of having given up smoking.
I suggest Squirrel and Cat Hater gets over it and leaves nature to live its own life.
If you were a hater before, these half hours could turn you.
For example, when a coworker becomes a hate target for reasons other than race, sex, or national origin, the hater immediately seeks out others in the office who dislike, or can be persuaded to dislike, the hated coworker (Stage 1).
I enjoyed Kevin Chappell's "For Brothers Only" column, "Are You A Player Hater?" (July 2002).
As to your comment about diehard Clinton haters, I refer you to the definition of a Clinton hater given by Paul Greenberg of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, which I paraphrase: A Clinton hater is one that caught on to the abuse and wrongdoings of the Clinton gang before you did.