reopen old wounds

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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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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But before you reopen old wounds, and maybe cause more hurt and confusion, figure out why you left him.
The kid is adorable and precocious as heck, but his inquisitive nature and boundless curiosity scare the bejesus out of Charlie, who refuses to reopen old wounds for the young visitor he hardly knows anything about.
If you reopen old wounds, Turkey was the least contributor," Yildirim added.
And while I have mentioned it before (in my column on October 27, 2009, to be precise) it's time to reopen old wounds because there's been a big development
While Italy is likely to pass the extension at some point, there are fears that any delay could reopen old wounds about how the EU deals with Russia.
John Maxwell, whose son Paul was murdered in the bombing, spoke briefly about the royal visit, but was reluctant to revisit his family's great personal tragedy and reopen old wounds.
But they say escalating violence could reopen old wounds and trigger ethnic bloodletting.
Once again under suspicion, they are forced to reopen old wounds.
But there is concern in Kenya that the trials could reopen old wounds and undo reconciliation efforts by communities who once fought each other in deadly battles.
The only other condition to which this proposal is subject is that of your keeping the fact of a payment having been paid and its amount, confidential, as media publicity or even the individuals' gossip can reopen old wounds and so undermine efforts to make peace.
The Baggy Greens are masters in the dark arts of sledging and will surely attempt to reopen old wounds, so England - and their maverick star who performed well in India - must be prepared.
Some analysts warned that the more open political climate that has evolved in Myanmar over the past year has allowed people to use new freedoms to reopen old wounds.
Maggie's End predicts a state funeral for Thatcher will reopen old wounds, divide society and cause upheaval on the streets of Britain.
And the 30-year-old sought to reopen old wounds ahead of their showdown in Hamburg on July 2 by unfurling his gruesomely bloody poster at yesterday's open workout.
A contest between the Blairite elder Mili-band and Balls would be unlikely to reopen old wounds in the party, Dugher insisted.