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avoir une dent contre quelqu’un

“Avoir une dent contre quelqu’un” is a fun little French expression that translates literally to “to have a tooth against somebody”. The meaning in English is:

  • to have a grudge against somebody

Other meanings are simply to have resentment to feel anger towards somebody else. Here’s an example sentence:

Patty ne m’a pas invité à sa soirée chez elle et j’ai une dent contre cette femme depuis plus que deux mois. Patty didn’t invite me to her dinner party and I’ve had a grudge against her for more than two months.

Here are a few more ways to express resentment in French:

  • avoir de la rancune to have a grudge
  • avoir du ressentiment to have a resentment
  • en vouloir à quelqu’un to be angry at somebody

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David Issokson

David Issokson is a lifelong language enthusiast. His head is swimming with words and sounds as he speaks over six languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private online lessons. When procrastinating working on FrenchLearner, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.

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