But while he peppered his press conferences with the odd spell of self-flagellation, claiming he was being selfish, few will grudge him his opportunity.
she held a grudge against her former boss
Miss Ironside seems to have had some grudge against her
We wouldn't grudge judicial quickness in headline-grabbing cases if it weren't for the appalling figures our justice system throws up again and again.
For example, one might carry a grudge or feelings of guilt for years.
He held a grudge against me, and so he made up lies to slander me.
I didn't grudge him the time with his boyfriend, because he was so damn happy.
Sources later explained that he was thought to be harbouring a grudge against the Prime Minister.
A simple man, Ramesh does not grudge cricketers getting all mileage.
But this is your last chance to preach to me, so I wouldn't grudge you the taking advantage of it.