begrudge

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From Middle English bigrucchen (to grumble at), equivalent to be- (at, about, over) +‎ grudge.

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begrudge (third-person singular simple present begrudges, present participle begrudging, simple past and past participle begrudged)

  1. To grudge about or over; be envious or covetous.
  2. To be reluctant
  3. To give reluctantly.
    • 2011 September 13, Sam Lyon, “Borussia Dortmund 1 - 1 Arsenal”, BBC:
      A defeat would have been harsh on the Gunners, especially after an improved rearguard action in the second half, but few could begrudge the German side a point from a match they dominated for long spells.

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