Definition of take against in English:

take against

phrasal verb

  • Begin to dislike (someone), often for no strong or obvious reason.

    ‘from the moment he arrived, they took against this talented loudmouth’
    • ‘The curator insisted it was of placid temper, but obviously it took against me, and only a dangling camera bag saved my legs from a mauling.’
    • ‘He began talking about revolutionary socialism in his teens, taking against the school and the system that underpinned it.’
    • ‘Saria and Raj then complained loudly to their team members that the artists took against them right from the start ‘because we weren't posh enough’.’
    • ‘Auden - ‘Miss Master’, as Chester called him - took against Paul Bowles, and was pained by their friends.’
    • ‘First impressions can be deceptive, as Anoushka discovered on that first night when she got blootered and half the house took against her.’
    • ‘Why the crowd took against him at the Stadium of Light is an old story now that doesn't matter to him any more beyond what it added to him in terms of character.’
    • ‘Fairly or unfairly, the public took against him big-time from the start.’
    • ‘From the start Frederick-William took against his son, for the two were as unlike as possible.’
    • ‘But others note that if she takes against somebody, their access will be ruthlessly cut off.’
    take a dislike to, feel hostile towards, view with disfavour, look askance on, become unfriendly towards
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