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hold against

Think badly of someone because of some fault or occurrence. For example, Even if you're late, I won't hold it against you , or She backed right into his new car, so he's bound to hold it against her . Also see bear a grudge
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  • A mere efflux of numbers could not hold against the trained and increasing resistance of the Imperial soldiers.

    Tourcoing Hilaire Belloc
  • They will be the hostages which we will hold against your own good faith.

    El Dorado Baroness Orczy
  • Pickett formed a new line, which he endeavored to hold against the Fifth.

    The Boys of '61 Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • The Gate is as strong to hold against an enemy from within as from without.

    A Monk of Fife Andrew Lang
  • So the arguments against British taxation "do not hold against the exercise of taxation by Congress."

  • The same objections do not hold against the internal use of cool or cold liquids.

  • If you delay too long, if you give any one a hold against you, I can answer for nothing.

    Cousin Betty Honore de Balzac
  • So mighty was the blow that the sword could not hold against it, and a piece was broken out of the edge.

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