a sore point

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a sore point/spot

a subject which someone would prefer not to talk about because it makes them angry or embarrassed (often + with ) I tried not to make any reference to Mike's drinking habits - I know it's a sore point with Kay at the moment.
See also: point, sore
References in classic literature ?
This lasted for a week, while father chuckled and said the book had touched a sore spot on capitalism.
But at the bottom of her heart there was a sore spot still, and the afternoon lessons dragged dismally.