rub salt in the wound

rub salt in/into the wound

to make a difficult situation even worse for someone Losing was bad enough, having to watch them receiving the trophy just rubbed salt into the wound.
See also: rub, salt, wound
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EVERYONE knows biscuits are crammed with sugar and fat but here's something to really rub salt in the wound.
To rub salt in the wound, the other three home countries - England, Scotland and Northern Ireland - each had a grant approved for one project but there is nothing whatsoever for Wales.
And to rub salt in the wound Brian and Delta will be going to the Brits together, while Kerry hasn't even been invited.
To rub salt in the wound, Irish midfielder JJ Melligan, a hero for arch-rivals Kidderminster Harriers and a Robins target earlier this season, was one of the chief architects of the home side's downfall.
so why would Ginger Harrison want to rub salt in the wound by posing in Playboy?
To rub salt in the wound, David Davies AM suggested that in Gwent and other anglicised areas the percentage could be even higher, adding, 'Most people know the words to God Save The Queen.
But James Walshaw and James Nestor struck late goals to rub salt in the wound for Howard's men.
I hope Cardiff looks on the bright side so I won't rub salt in the wound because I am Welsh.
To rub salt in the wounds, South African back row player Rodney Prince broke his leg during training earlier in the week
And it must rub salt in the wounds to hear about the billions of pounds of profit their employer is making.
And just to rub salt in the wounds, Dons' old boy Mixu Paatelainen (right) grabbbed the Hibees' first leveller after Eoin Jess' opener.
Neath could do nothing to halt the ferocious Dunvant forward pressure and, to really rub salt in the wounds, it was their one-time skipper and idol Paul Thorburn who conjured up the decisive piece of magic to crush Neath before their own stunned supporters.
Now they want to rub salt in the wounds and rehash it all again.