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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
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Ibn Taymiyya did not look to Kitab al-Umm for Shaft CT precedents for the harsh treatment of the insulter of the Prophet; he found them in works by the Shafi'i jurists Ibn Mundhir and Abu Sulayman al-Khattabi (d.
De Ain Sebaa a Casablanca, de la celebre rue Labrihi a Rabat ou encore de la zone franche de la capitale du Detroit, nos televisions s'accordent pour insulter l'intelligence de la famille marocaine qui ne se retrouve generalement ensemble qu'autour de la table garnie du F'tour durant ce mois sacre du Ramadan.
Certaines iront jusqu'a frapper et insulter le personnel du Samu.
Cet univers n'est pas opaque ; il est traverse de moments lumineux comme ce bar-refuge oE l'on peut insulter le monde entre adultes desabuses et prostitues aguerries, au grand coeur.
Des parents n'hesitent pas a menacer et insulter les enseignants en presence des eleves ce qui encourage leur progeniture a recourir a la violence[beaucoup plus grand que], dit-il.
Mekkaoui de la delegation officielle entraverait les travaux de cette institution, c'est tout simplement insulter l'intelligence des Marocains.
Which is why I loathe this growing wave of poppy fascism, whereby tin-pot dictators deride nonwearers as insulters of the dead.
This is a good lesson to the insulters and impolite people.
President Obama last Thursday defended the right of people to insult religions--but said that doesn't exempt the insulters from criticism.
In short, in thinking about provocateurs and insulters, we want to maintain standards of civility and respect while at the same time allowing room for those creative and challenging folks who are uninhibited by good manners and taste.
US National Security Adviser Susan Rice "tweeted" in response to convey, according to Hretz on this February 5, that "Israeli insulters have crossed the red line of diplomatic etiquette
131) "Get together, Irishmen, and show your enemies and insulters that you are able to protect yourself and the honor and good name of your race.
Head-turning words and phrases once used in the Middle Ages, the Victorian Age, the Wild West, the Cold War and more also intersperse this one-of-a-kind language primer, as do occasional anecdotes behind particularly standout sayings or brief biographies of legendary insulters like Oscar Wilde.
The Ministry of Foreign Ministry said that showing tolerance encouraging to such insulters, under the pretext of guaranteeing the general freedoms, will instigate hatred between the Muslims and those who are against them and the fuelling of hostility with the Muslims, a matter that will then complicate the preservation of tolerance and religious co-existence.
Finally, to those professional insulters, kindly go and spell out your curses and insultsC* away from my clients the bats.