have/have got against - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive] [never progressive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyhave/have got against
he/she/ithas/has got against
present participlehaving/having got against
past tensehad/had got against
past participlehad/had got against
  1. 1
    have something against someone to dislike someone or not approve of them for a particular reason

    I don’t know what he’s got against me, but he’s always criticizing my work.

    have nothing against someone/not have anything against someone (=have no reason to dislike someone):

    We’ve nothing against him personally: it’s just that we don’t trust politicians.

  2. 2
    have something against something to be opposed to a plan or suggestion for a particular reason

    I think it’s a brilliant idea. What have you got against it?

    have nothing against something/not have anything against something (=not have any reason to be opposed to something):

    I’ve got nothing against intelligence tests, as long as they’re done properly.

See also main entry: have