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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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Abdu Rabb said the reopening was being permitted so that students would not lose an academic year.
Roberta said, "I am pleased the North East LEP is commissioning a study to consider reopening the Leamside Line.
He stressed that religious groups and Taliban would no doubt create problems for the NATO's logistic convoys, and added, "NATO will face tough reactions after reopening the route and opposition groups like Tahrik-i- Taliban Pakistan (TTP) will certainly attack their supplies.
They include the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne freight line in Northumberland, which was axed as part of the Beeching cuts of the 1960s but whose reopening would mean regular passenger trains between Ashington and Newcastle.
The first phase of the site's reopening has been scheduled to begin in the middle of this year, at an estimated cost of $15 million.
With the reopening of 63 schools, 34,000 students will restart their studies including 12,000 girls," he said.
1 -- 2 -- color) The Griffith Observatory is bathed in stars projected on its facade Sunday night during the climax of the Galactic Gala, where stars of the earthbound variety turned out to celebrate the center's reopening.
But it quickly evolved to significantly contribute to reopening the case that led to the recent conviction of Edgar Ray Killen.
The reopening of the road is one of a series of improvements designed to create a better environment on the estate.
Funds raised at the March 9 dinner and auction at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco, titled "A Mardi Gras Evening by the Bay," went to the LSU Health Sciences Center Road to Recovery Campaign, dedicated to rebuilding and reopening the university's hospitals, teaching and research facilities in downtown New Orleans.
Official sources told Member GB Assembly Sadia Danish tabled the resolution in the assembly in the favour of reopening of ZAB case.
The team held a meeting with foreign minister Zalmay Rasoul at the Ministry of Foreign Ministry, with both sides discussing the issue of reopening the embassy in Afghanistan, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
Forest Service officials are slowly reopening the areas in the Angeles and Los Padres national forests burned in September's 163,000-acre Day Fire.
I don't think many post offices have been reopening.
A Mardi Gras Evening by the Bay," a March 9 fundraiser jointly presented by the two firms, will directly benefit the LSU Health Sciences Center Road to Recovery Campaign, dedicated to rebuilding and reopening the university's hospitals, teaching and research facilities in a five-block area of downtown New Orleans.