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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Excess Insurance poured salt into the wound by forcing us to fight in court to receive compensation we had already been awarded but they refused to pay.
Their X Factor dreams shattered after coming runner-up to Alexandra Burke, the shiny-toothed music mogul poured salt into the wounds by refusing to sign the quartet to his record label.
Sussex poured salt into the wounds of depleted Durham as they inflicted a 22-run defeat in yesterday's C&G Trophy second round tie at Chester-le-Street.
Their X Factor dreams shattered after coming runner-up to Alexandra Burke and the shiny-toothed music mogul poured salt into the wounds by refusing to sign the quartet to his record label.