Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
(get/be) on somebody's bad side
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1) do something or behave in a way that angers somebody or causes them to dislike you
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you don't want to be on his/her bad side
This idiom is usually said in relation to somebody in a position of power or authority, or who is considered dangerous in some way. When preceded with the word 'don't,' as it often is, it becomes a warning. Often times you can 'get on somebody's bad side' accidentally though something you said or did that you did not realize would cause offence or that a person perceived in a negative light. It is common in both a social and professional context in an informal way.
Social Examples (Basic)
I think I got on Sarah's bad side at the party because of my boorish behaviour. Hopefully she will accept my apology and not hold it against me.
Professional Examples (Basic)
Mike is someone with a lot of power and influence in the industry. You really don't want to get on his bad side.
I don't want to be on my manager's bad side, but at the same time I can't just let her walk all over me.
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