rake over the ashes


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rake over the ashes

To revisit, bring up, or spark the memory of something that happened in the past, especially something unpleasant. Primarily heard in UK. Now, now, there's no need to rake over the ashes, that disagreement we had happened a long time ago.
See also: ash, rake

rake over the ashes

to think about or to talk about unpleasant events from the past
Usage notes: Ashes are what is left of something after it has been destroyed by fire.
There is no point in raking over the ashes now, you did what you thought was right at the time.
See also: ash, rake