Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

have it in for (someone)

have it in for someone
1) persistently try to make life difficult for a person
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    • have it in for someone you dislike
  • Analysis
    To 'have it in for' someone means to dislike someone and make their life difficult by criticising them or consistently causing problems or creating obstacles for them to overcome. Similar in meaning to 'have it out for someone' or to be 'out to get' someone. 
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. It seems that Frank has it in for David, but I don't know why. Perhaps I'll have a word with him and see if I can get to the bottom of things.
    2. My neighbour has it out for me. He constantly leaves rubbish in my bin, plays music loudly and lets his dog into my garden.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. This is the third weekend in a row that my boss has asked me to work. I'm starting to think that he has it in for me because he has never made anyone else do that.
    2. Luke has had it in for me ever since I was given the promotion ahead of him. He's always saying things behind my back and trying to undermine me.
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