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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It means those pupils are growing up with the knowledge and understanding necessary to get rid of taboos attached to dementia, as well as the social isolation and loneliness that rub salt into wounds for families affected by the condition.
Those pupils are growing up with the knowledge and understanding necessary to get rid of taboos attached to dementia as well as the social isolation and loneliness that rub salt into wounds for families affected by the condition.
With their crackpot allegations and lies, they and their pet journalists rub salt into wounds that must already be unbearable.
To rub salt into wounds which are deepening as this season progresses, they have now been overtaken by Williams-BMW in the race for the constructors' title which they have won for the last four years and trail by eight points.
To rub salt into wounds which are deepening as this season progresses, they have now been overtaken by Williams-BMW in the race for the con-structors' title which they have won for the last four years and trail by eight points.
Not wishing to rub salt into wounds but, as you can imagine, the celebrations that followed our victory at Trent Bridge were wild.
To rub salt into wounds, the assessor rang on Monday and said there was an offside for the second goal and a clear foul on Pascal (Chimbonda) for the third.