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add insult to injury

To exacerbate an already problematic situation in a way that is humiliating; to make someone who has just experienced injury or defeat feel worse about the situation with one's words. A: "Well, it's not like you were having a great season before you broke your leg." B: "Thanks for adding insult to injury." I was already late for work and, to add insult to injury, I spilled coffee all over myself.
See also: add, injury, insult

add insult to injury

Fig. Cliché to make a bad situation worse; to hurt the feelings of a person who has already been hurt. First, the basement flooded, and then, to add insult to injury, a pipe burst in the kitchen. My car barely started this morning, and to add insult to injury, I got a flat tire in the driveway.
See also: add, injury, insult

hurl insults (at someone)

 and throw insults (at someone)
Fig. to direct insults at someone; to say something insulting directly to someone. Anne hurled an insult at Bob that made him very angry. If you two would stop throwing insults, we could have a serious discussion.
See also: hurl, insult

throw insults

(at someone) Go to hurl insults (at someone).
See also: insult, throw

trade insults (with someone)

to take turns with someone in mutual insulting. We traded insults with each other for a while and then settled down to some serious discussions of our differences.
See also: insult, trade

add insult to injury

Hurt a person's feelings after doing him or her harm; also, make a bad situation worse. For example, Not only did the club refuse him, but it published a list of the rejected applicants-that's adding insult to injury , or The nearest parking space was half a mile away, and then, to add insult to injury, it began to pour : The phrase is an ancient one, even older than its often cited use in the Roman writer Phaedrus's fable of the bald man and the fly. A fly bit the head of a bald man, who, trying to crush it, gave himself a heavy blow. The fly then jeered, "You want to avenge an insect's sting with death; what will you do to yourself, who have added insult to injury?" In English it was first recorded in 1748.
See also: add, injury, insult

add insult to injury

COMMON If someone or something adds insult to injury, they make a bad situation worse by doing or causing another bad thing. She stood there and made him wash every part of his body. She then added insult to injury by trimming his hair and making him wear a linen shirt several sizes too big for him. Birth is such a shock, and what usually follows adds insult to injury. The poor little thing is held upside down and slapped. Note: You can use to add insult to injury or adding insult to injury to introduce a further unpleasant thing that has happened and that you are reporting. The driver of the car that killed Simon Collins got away with a £250 fine. To add insult to injury, he drove away from court in his own car.
See also: add, injury, insult

add insult to injury

do or say something that makes a bad or displeasing situation even worse.
This phrase comes from Edward Moore's play The Foundling ( 1748 ): ‘This is adding insult to injuries’.
See also: add, injury, insult

add ˌinsult to ˈinjury

make a bad relationship with somebody worse by offending them even more: She forgot to send me an invitation to her party and then added insult to injury by asking to borrow my jacket!
See also: add, injury, insult

fire ˈquestions, ˈinsults, etc. at somebody

ask somebody a lot of questions one after another or make a lot of comments very quickly: The room was full of journalists, all firing questions at them.
See also: fire, somebody
References in classic literature ?
And now the English King had put upon him such an insult as might only be wiped out by blood.
You are surely not aware," she said, with icy composure, "that these questions are an insult to Me?
And worse than an insult," Horace added, warmly, "to Grace
Horace's voice was still raised in angry protest against the insult offered to Lady Janet; Lady Janet herself (leaving him for the second time) was vehemently ringing the bell to summon the servants; Julian had once more taken the infuriated woman by the arms and was trying vainly to compose her--when the library door was opened quietly by a young lady wearing a mantle and a bonnet.
Could I ever have imagined that I should be doomed to bear such insults under my own roof - to hear such things spoken in my presence; nay, spoken to me and of me; and by those who arrogated to themselves the name of gentlemen?
Palestinians say this demonstrates Israeli leniancy towards those who incite riots and insult Muslim figures.
Public insult is punishable by a prison sentence of up to a month and/or a fine of e1/4130.
The key measures employed were The Sexuality Questionnaire (Alderson, Orzeck, Davis, & Boyes, 2010) and a homosexual insult questionnaire developed specifically for this study.
Martin Giblin said the request to surrender his client was "an insult to the Irish legal system, an insult to the Irish state and a profound insult to his statutory constitutional human rights and it would be an insult to justice to surrender in a general sense".
In her view, this is grosser insult than declaring someone's political death.
Patients, who are annoyed with the unavailability of services in hospitals, tend to insult the doctors.
The Foreign Ministry pointed out that it has followed up with great sorrow the escalation of insulting to Islam in some western countries and the official appreciation of those who insult our faith, including the publishing of cartoons that were insulting to Prophet Mohamed Peace be Upon Him and the recent trend of the German government to allow supporters of the person who published these insulting cartoons to demonstrate before a number of mosques of the Muslims and the judicial decree that backed up these acts under the pretext of the freedom of expression.
The meeting was attended by as many as 10,000 judges and prosecutors, who showed resolve to fight a "planned attempt to insult and undermine the judiciary".
Jason Miko in his column for Dnevnik writes that the Muslims have the absolute right to believe that the insult of their Prophet is wrong but to turn to violence each time when the prophet is insulted is simply evil.
The Tory lord has somehow managed to insult them, too.