One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Feel a particular dislike of (someone) and behave in a hostile manner towards them.‘she's had it in for me ever since our quarrel’
be hostile to, feel ill will towards, show ill will towards, show antagonism to, bear a grudge towards, be against, be set against, be prejudiced against, disapprove ofView synonyms
- ‘I explained that Susan had it in for me since grade school and she was just making up stories to get everyone to hate me.’
- ‘But don't think everybody has it in for you - some experts totally disagree.’
- ‘Well, I certainly must admit that Daina seems to have it in for you guys.’
- ‘The press have it in for him and I think it is pretty clear why - he represents one of the most despised figures of all for the London elite.’
- ‘But she disagreed with people who claimed the judge had it in for Nik.’
- ‘I don't know personally if the legal system does indeed have it in for dads.’
- ‘I am not by nature paranoid, at least no more than anyone else, however they really have got it in for me.’
- ‘A big reason I have it in for her, if you want to call it that, is the misinformation effect when she does health readings, which I consider to be potentially very dangerous.’
- ‘‘At the moment it seems like they have got it in for small businesses,’ he said.’
- ‘I stand by the fact that I failed that class not through any fault of my own, but because the professor had it in for me.’
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