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.
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The fact is, France would be looking at the wholesale elimination of its entire intellectual etat should, say, France ever see fit to hand its Jews over to people who wished them ill, which, fortunately, would never, ever happen.
"But none of us ever wished them ill. I respect their taste in material, and it validates the choice of subject matter.
Flying Wallendas ever wished them ill, no one wanted to see anything awful happen, but had you the opportunity to be there when one of them missed the connection and crashed and burned, while you wouldn't rejoice, it would be an experience that you would remember and perhaps tell other people about.