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smart at something

to suffer the pains of something. Over an hour later she was still smarting at his cruel remarks. For many days Ted smarted at the scolding he got.
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References in classic literature ?
So, after deliberating over the two last tumblers, whether he hadn't a perfect right to pick a quarrel with the tall man for having contrived to get into the good graces of the buxom widow, Tom Smart at last arrived at the satisfactory conclusion that he was a very ill-used and persecuted individual, and had better go to bed.