rub salt into wounds

rub salt into somebody's wounds

to make someone feel even worse about something rub it in It's too bad Charlie couldn't come, but let's not tell him they let us in for free - there's no point rubbing salt into his wounds.
See also: rub, salt, wound
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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.