rub someone's nose in it

rub someone's nose in it

Bring something, especially an error or fault, repeatedly and forcefully to someone's attention. For example, I know I was wrong, but don't rub my nose in it. This expression alludes to the unkind practice of housebreaking a dog by rubbing its nose in its feces. [Mid-1900s]
See also: nose, rub
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It's human nature to want to rub someone's nose in it - to show them what they've missed.