wish (one) ill

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wish (one) ill

To wish poor fortune on someone; to hope someone fails. The breakup was hard, but there was no animosity on either side—I don't wish him ill or anything. It's pretty petty to be wishing her ill like that, just because she's pursuing a career with a different company.
See also: ill, wish
References in classic literature ?
Men live but for a little season; if they are hard, and deal hardly, people wish them ill so long as they are alive, and speak contemptuously of them when they are dead, but he that is righteous and deals righteously, the people tell of his praise among all lands, and many shall call him blessed."
I certainly don't wish them ill, but I also don't feel uniquely moved by any misfortune that befalls them.
Roy, 81, said: "I don't wish them ill but I fear it will all end in tears.
Speaking at his home in Ashton-under-Lyne, Roy, 81, tells us: "I don't wish them ill but I fear it will all end in tears - the quality is bound to suffer.
Whatever our dislikes, we all agreed that our new leaders be given every chance to lead and to succeed, that to wish them ill was counterproductive, in fact unpatriotic, and that, despite our years, it is our duty to watch carefully and speak up, and pray.
Their enemies well, managed at least Not to wish them ill, which is
This season they'd set their stall out (you see it's not only footballers who are masters in the art of setting out stalls) to despise boss Steve Kean and his dire football team and wish them ill on a weekly basis.
Don't get Kipp wrong -- we don't wish them ill. But will you be buying it?
Readers may be chilled by the contemporary relevance of de Rougemont's essay, "Passion and the Origin of Hitlerism." Few will fail to recognize de Rougemont's description of the political office seeker, who, in addressing a mass audience, plays upon emotion and studiously avoids intellectual argument, preferring instead to present his audience with "an affective fait accompli." Speaking of the naivete of the European leaders of his time, de Rougemont notes that they persist in believing that they can come to terms with those who wish them ill, with those whose fanatical hatred of Western values and commitments is not likely to be altered by compromise.
He had not committed any act of violence against the Iraqi people, nor does he wish them ill. His life should be spared and he be reunited with his family,'' Albert said in a message aired on Al-Jazeera.
"They feel very strongly about that and I think it's hard for them to feel much affection for people who wish them ill."
Not that I wish them ill, but they had just spent the Saturday running 54 miles from Glen Nevis to Loch Lomond in the Caledonian Challenge.