rub salt into the wound

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rub salt in(to) the/(one's) wound(s)

To make something that is already difficult, unpleasant, or painful even worse; to accentuate, aggravate, or intensify a negative situation, emotion, or experience (for someone). After losing the championship match, it really rubbed salt in John's wound for his girlfriend to break up with him the next day. My pride was already hurting when I didn't get the job, but hearing that they gave it to Dave really rubbed salt into the wound. I can't believe you would ask me to pay you back on the day that I got laid off. Thanks for rubbing salt in my wounds, man.
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rub salt into the wound

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rub salt in the wound

COMMON If someone or something rubs salt into the wound or in the wound, they make a situation that is already bad for a person seem even worse. I wasn't allowed to eat anything for 24 hours before the operation so I was really hungry and just to rub salt into the wound, had to sit there while Zoe ate the most delicious-looking pizza. The police rubbed salt in the wounds by waving money in the strikers' faces, a reminder of all the overtime they were earning.
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rub salt into the (or someone's) wound

make a painful experience even more painful for someone.
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rub ˈsalt into the wound/into somebody’s wounds

make somebody who is already feeling upset, angry, etc. about something feel even worse: She was already upset about not getting the job, but when they gave it to one of her own trainees it really rubbed salt into the 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.