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persecute (one) for (something)

To harass, oppress, or torment one based on some reasoning, evidence, or justification. Often used in passive constructions. Our group has been persecuted for our religion in this country for years. The current administration is persecuting us for joining the opposition party.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

persecute someone for something

to harass or repress someone for something. They were persecuting the native people for being underdeveloped. They were persecuted for being simple and unsuspecting.
See also: for, persecute
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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And it took just as much of the grace of God to save me as it did Saul the persecutor. And, undeservedly, the grace of God has been at work in my life for all of these 67 years since.
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