To persistently try or desire to criticize, cause harm to, or harass someone, especially due to a grudge. This is the third time in a row my professor has given me an F on my paper. I think he has it in for me or something!John's had it in for her ever since she forced him to sell his shares in the business.See also: have
have it in for someone
to be mad at someone; to wish to harm someone. Jane seems to have it in for Jerry. I don't know why.Max has it in for his old girlfriend since she broke up with him.See also: have
have it in for
Intend to harm, especially because of a grudge. For example, Ever since he called the police about their dog, the neighbors have had it in for Tom . [Mid-1800s] See also: have
have (got) it in for
have a particular dislike of someone and behave in a hostile manner towards them. informalSee also: have
have it in for, to
To hold a grudge against. The it in this expression presumably means bad things in store. The term became especially common in popular novels of the first half of the twentieth century. “I have had it in for that dog since the second Sunday,” wrote P. G. Wodehouse (Meet Mr. Mulliner, 1927).See also: haveSee also:
show ill will or dislike a person I have been having problems at work recently because I think that the new supervisor has it in for me.
have it in for|have
v. phr., informal To wish or mean to harm; have a bitter feeling against. George has it in for Bob because Bob told the teacher that George cheated in the examination.After John beat Ted in a fight, Ted always had it in for John.