hold a grudge
see bear a grudge.
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What does hold a grudge mean?
The word grudge is typically used to refer to such a feeling when it has been held for a long period of time—often longer than is considered normal.
Grudges are usually directed toward people, but a person can hold a grudge against a group or an entity like a company or organization. The word grudge is often followed by the word against and whom or what the grudge is directed toward, as in Your father still holds a grudge against that pizzeria for getting his order wrong that one time.
Example: She has held a grudge against me ever since I beat her in the spelling bee in fifth grade.
Where does hold a grudge come from?
The phrase hold a grudge has been used since at least the early 1900s. The first records of the word grudge come from the 1400s. It comes from the Old French grouchier, which means “to grumble” and is also the basis of the word grouch. Grudge is probably related to the Middle High German word grogezen, meaning “to complain, cry out.”
When a person holds a grudge, it’s often due to treatment or an action that’s considered unforgivable by the person holding the grudge. Usually this involves a personal slight (or perceived personal slight), but a person can hold a grudge against someone they don’t even know. A lot of grudges are held for petty reasons, including things that the supposed wrongdoer doesn’t even know that they did. The opposite of holding a grudge can be thought of as forgiving and forgetting (or letting it go).
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People are known to hold a grudge for all kinds of reasons.
If you still hold a grudge against someone for what they did to you a year prior, grow up. Let it go. Move on past it instead of holding onto it. Be the better person
— ChillCat Tyler (@TylerFurlong86) October 23, 2020
You think you hold a grudge? I still hold a grudge against the Dodgers for leaving Brooklyn and I wasn't even born then.
— Bernie Would Have Won (@KevinPDempsey) October 28, 2020
if i'm being quite honest i've literally been holding a grudge against someone who didn't even really do anything to me for years now
— this is life (@_mindofaloner) November 12, 2013
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Is hold a grudge used correctly in the following sentence?
Do you really still hold a grudge against me for eating your doughnut seven years ago?