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

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

An aggravation that makes something unpleasant, difficult, or painful even worse. I can't believe Sally broke up with John the day after his team lost the championship match. Talk about salt in the wounds! My pride was already hurting when I didn't get the job, but it was like salt in my wound to hear that they gave it to Dave instead.
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But to be taken to the cleaners for it as well by Conservative MPs hosting radio phone-ins only rubs salt in the wound.
The New York Post quoted AccuWeather meteorologist Erik Pindrock, as saying that 'the wind, the snow and the cold is just rubbing salt in the wounds that were already open as a result of Sandy.