(get/be) on somebody's bad side


1. do something or behave in a way that angers somebody or causes them to dislike you






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you don't want to be on his/her bad side

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This idiom is usually said in relation to somebody in a position of power or authority, or who is considered dangerous in some way. When preceded with the word 'don't', as it often is, it becomes a warning. Often, you can 'get on somebody's bad side' accidentally through something you said or did, without realizing it would cause offence or be received in a negative light. It is common in both a social and professional context in an informal way.

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  1. I think I got on Sarah's bad side at the party because of my boorish behaviour. Hopefully she will accept my apology and not hold it against me.

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  1. Mike is someone with a lot of power and influence in the industry. You really don't want to get on his bad side.
  2. I don't want to be on my manager's bad side, but at the same time I can't just let her walk all over me.

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