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

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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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He said the stereotype statements of the government and sacking a few officials are not sufficient but tantamount to rub salt into the wounds of the bereaved family.
However, it would rub salt into the wounds if some of the best paid civil and public servants are virtually getting off scot-free.
Just to rub salt into the wounds, I also backed Secret Society, who looked like Peking Prince in disguise when cruising up in the 7f handicap, only to find 40-1 poke Al Muheer too strong.
And to rub salt into the wounds, McKenna applied the killer touch with 25 minutes remaining.
To rub salt into the wounds, late in the game influential midfielder Ricky Evans was given his marching orders for an over-zealous challenge.
To rub salt into the wounds, Glennon then booted the ball up field for Roberts to race clear and fire an unstoppable volley, before Flynn hit a stunning drive for the third.
Just to rub salt into the wounds, Newcastle added a third in the dying seconds when Kev Benson converted Ian Milbourne's close-range cross.
To rub salt into the wounds, the government then let its big business buddies get away with paying no corporation tax.
Just to rub salt into the wounds, we cannot even get the many overgrown trees and bushes throughout the area pruned by either Middlesbrough Council or Erimus Housing.
First came Matt Heath's ludicrously harsh dismissal and then, just to rub salt into the wounds, a last gasp penalty winner ably converted by United debutant David Unsworth.
But the American chose to rub salt into the wounds of his fellow competitors by outsprinting T-Mobile rider Andreas Kloden to cross the finishing line first in Le Grand Bornard and winning the 20th Tour stage of his career after a gruelling six hours-plus riding in the Alps.
But the American chose to rub salt into the wounds of his fellow competitors by out-sprinting T-Mobile rider Andreas Kloden to cross the finishing line first in Le Grand Bornard.
To rub salt into the wounds they didn't even come into the shops afterwards.
Anything less will rub salt into the wounds of victims everywhere.
But the American chose to rub salt into the wounds of his fellow competitors by out-sprinting T-Mobile rider Andreas Kloden to cross the finishing line first in Le Grand Bornard and winning the 20th Tour stage of his career after a gruelling six hours-plus riding in the Alps.