pour salt in(to) the/(someone's) wound(s)

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pour salt in(to) the/(someone's) wound(s)

To make something that is already difficult, unpleasant, or painful even worse; to accentuate, aggravate, or intensify a negative situation, emotion, or experience (for someone). After losing the championship match, it really poured salt in John's wound for his girlfriend break up with him the next day. My pride was already hurting when I didn't get the job, but hearing that they gave it to Dave really poured salt into the wound. I can't believe you would ask me to pay you back on the day that I got laid off. Thanks for pouring salt in my wounds, man.
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It means I do not like sensationalist statements as I do not like to fuel the fire, pour salt into the wounds, open the windows of strife, revive the suffering, trigger the desire for retaliation or base policies on anger even if it is justified.
To pour salt into the wounds, more and more bishops are now trespassing into the arena of politics and insisting on impugning the consciences of Catholic candidates and legislators who don't denounce abortion or criminalize its use by withholding the sacraments from them.