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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.
See also: old, reopen, wound

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.
See also: old, open, wound

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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Alcatel-Lucent has already announced that its ADS program will be terminated following the settlement of the Reopened Offer, on February 24, 2016.
Some parents expressed relief that the school had reopened after a break of more than a fortnight.
His case was reopened, decades later, in 1999 after a Mississippi newspaper uncovered information implicating him as the "main instigator" in the murders.
Hundreds of people signed a petition calling for the road to be reopened and their concerns and requests were put forward at a series of consultation events.
The ramp at the nearby Teck Hughes-Lakeshore properties has been reopened and development is underway down at the 400-foot level, with plans in place to permit underground production and an underground diamond-drilling program.
Another pedestrian bridge over West Street -- which Governor Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg reopened to automobile, bus and truck traffic on March 29 -- will soon open at Rector Street, offering a shorter walk between Battery Park City and the BMT and east side IRT stations at Rector Street and Wall Street respectively.
CVA said that, as a result of Hodge and Elkins, a three-step test is now required to determine if a disallowed claim may be reopened and reviewed (see box).
The CNG association says the matter would be resolved and CNG stations reopened by Friday evening.
Already, 63 schools had reopened, with the remaining 138 to reopen in the next nine months, Najibullah Ahmadi, the head of the provincial education department said.
Berkswell Post Office, in Church Lane, officially reopened on Thursday.
The preliminary report from Watts, Griffis and McQuat (a Toronto consulting firm) indicates that the mine can be successfully reopened in a staged process," McConnell noted.
NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans' Riverwalk Marketplace reopened its doors today to tourists and local customers.
The resolution said that murder of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was a judicial murder thus under the law and constitution this case must be reopened so that the record is set straight.
Rasoul welcomed the reopening of Iraqi embassy, saying Afghan embassy would also be reopened in that country.