hold (something) against (someone)

hold (something) against (someone)
hold (something) against (someone) to have a bad opinion about someone because of something they did.

I understand that your car isn't working, but please don't hold it against me personally – I didn't build your car.

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  • hold something against — allow past actions or circumstances to have a negative influence on one s present attitude toward (someone) he knew that if he failed her, she would hold it against him forever …   Useful english dictionary

  • hold against — (informal) To remember as a failing or as a misdemeanour on the part of • • • Main Entry: ↑hold * * * ˌhold a ˈgainst [transitive] usually in negatives [present tense I/you/we/they hold against …   Useful english dictionary

  • hold — hold1 [ hould ] (past tense and past participle held [ held ] ) verb *** ▸ 1 carry ▸ 2 stop someone/something from moving ▸ 3 put arms around someone ▸ 4 (be able to) contain ▸ 5 have ▸ 6 continue in same state ▸ 7 keep/stop something ▸ 8 not… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hold against — phrasal verb [transitive, usually in negatives] Word forms hold against : present tense I/you/we/they hold against he/she/it holds against present participle holding against past tense held against past participle held against hold something… …   English dictionary

  • hold against — PHRASAL VERB If you hold something against someone, you let their actions in the past influence your present attitude towards them and cause you to deal severely or unfairly with them. [V n P n] Bernstein lost the case, but never held it against… …   English dictionary

  • hold — hold1 W1S1 [həuld US hould] v past tense and past participle held [held] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(in your hand/arms)¦ 2¦(event)¦ 3¦(keep something in position)¦ 4¦(job/title)¦ 5¦(keep/store)¦ 6¦(keep something available for somebody)¦ 7¦(keep somebody… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hold — 1 verb past tense and past participle held IN YOUR HANDS/ARMS 1 a) (T) to have something firmly in your hand or arms: He was holding a knife in one hand. | Can you hold the groceries for me while I open the door? | I held the baby in my arms. |… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • hold — hold1 verb (past and past participle held) 1》 grasp, carry, or support. 2》 keep in a specified position: I held the door open for him.     ↘remain secure or intact: the boat s anchor would not hold. 3》 keep or detain.     ↘have in one s… …   English new terms dictionary

  • hold up — verb 1. be the physical support of; carry the weight of (Freq. 4) The beam holds up the roof He supported me with one hand while I balanced on the beam What s holding that mirror? • Syn: ↑hold, ↑support, ↑sustain …   Useful english dictionary

  • against — [[t]əge̱nst, əge͟ɪnst[/t]] ♦ (In addition to the uses shown below, against is used in phrasal verbs such as come up against , guard against , and hold against .) 1) PREP If one thing is leaning or pressing against another, it is touching it. She… …   English dictionary

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