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hold against

Meaning: to dislike somebody, or be angry with them, because you blame them for something bad that happened in the past

For example:

  • hold sth against sb He didn't mean to cause the accident, so I try not to hold it against him.

  • hold sth against sb Pauline made a serious mistake but her boss doesn't hold it against her. He says we all make mistakes.

Quick Quiz:

If someone does something bad to you but you don't hold it against them, it means you have
  1. forgiven them
  2. forgotten them
  3. punished them

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