in someone's bad graces

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in someone's bad graces

Also, in someone's bad books. Out of favor with someone. For example, Harry's tardiness put him in the teacher's bad graces, or Making fun of the director is bound to get you in his bad books. The use of grace in the sense of "favor" dates from the 1400s; the use of books dates from the early 1800s. Also see black book, def. 1; in someone's good graces.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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