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open old wounds

To bring up or remind someone of a painful, tragic, or unfortunate past event or situation. Seeing Jessica with her new girlfriend opened a lot of old wounds this afternoon. The fight got pretty nasty, and we both started opening old wounds from years ago.
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reopen old wounds

To bring up or remind someone of a painful, tragic, or unfortunate past event or situation. Seeing Jessica with her new girlfriend reopened a lot of old wounds this afternoon. The fight got pretty nasty, and we both started reopening old wounds from years ago.
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open old wounds

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reopen old wounds

If something or someone opens old wounds or reopens old wounds, they remind you of an unpleasant experience in the past that you would prefer to forget. I didn't raise the subject again — I was in no hurry to open old wounds. It is said that the row is reopening old wounds among Conservative MPs.
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reopen old ˈwounds

remind somebody of something unpleasant that happened or existed in the past: Look, let’s try not to reopen any old wounds this time, OK?
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It pointed out that the population in the area had increased by up to 20%, which was the main reason for choosing to reopen that station.
It is unclear clear what will happen to the three remaining banks, but they could also reopen as state-run institutions.
Today's ATOC report says decision on whether any of the 14 lines will reopen will be taken by local and regional government, Network Rail and the Department for Transport.
But owner Punch Taverns, which had been aiming to reopen the pub in time for Easter weekend, said it was confident the venue would now be run in a responsible manner.
1 -- color in SAC edition only) Connell Littles vacuums the Vista Del Lago Visitors Center, which reopens today.
Recent court decisions have changed the analytical process VA must use when deciding whether to reopen disallowed claims.
A group called Community United for Gay Sexual Privacy (CUSP) is trying to place an initiative on the November ballot that would reopen San Francisco's fabled baths as well as allow private rooms in the city's sex clubs.
The Opera House, which closed for renovation in July 1997, is scheduled to reopen in December 1999, in time for the millennial celebrations.
Taco Bell announced today that it will reopen its eight restaurants in Suffolk and Nassau Counties after voluntarily closing them for one day based on an E.
LAHORE/ISLAMABAD -- Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations, expected to reopen Friday across all cities of Punjab after seven months, were still closed despite announcements by the Punjab and Islamabad governments.
A NUMBER of parking spaces will reopen at Middlesbrough railway station from September.
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): Schools in Kandahar which had been closed due to the security situation will reopen again this academic year, the education department has said.
Now after four years of meticulous restoration, what has been dubbed ``the hood ornament of Los Angeles'' will reopen its doors to the public on Friday.
It gained so much attention that the students drafted a resolution stating why authorities should reopen the case and presented it to Congress.
CAMPAIGNERS are celebrating after persuading the county council to reopen a Nuneaton road to through traffic two years after it was closed.