One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounin phrase have a derry on
Have a strong dislike for.‘they've always had a derry on us’
- ‘While he is exhorting the President to patch up differences with the union, he appears to have a derry on some of his rivals.’
Late 19th century: apparently from the song refrain derry down, used humorously for down in the sense ‘dislike’.
- see Londonderry
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