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stung to the quick

Hurt or offended at a deeply emotional level. I was stung to the quick to learn that they called my dress tacky behind my back. The hostess, stung to the quick by her guests' words, locked herself in the bedroom upstairs.
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sting (one) to the quick

To hurt or offend someone at a deeply emotional level. The comments stung me to the quick, but I remained composed and carried on with the lecture.
See also: quick, sting

cut someone to the quick

 and cut someone to the bone 
1. Lit. to slice the flesh of someone or some animal clear through to the underlying layer of flesh or to the bone. With the very sharp knife, David cut the beast to the quick in one blow. He cut his finger to the quick with the sharp knife.
2. Fig. to injure someone emotionally. (See also cut something to the bone.) Your heartless comments cut me to the quick. Her remarks cut him to the bone.
See also: cut, quick

cut to the quick

Deeply wound or distress, as in His criticism cut her to the quick. This phrase uses the quick in the sense of a vital or a very sensitive part of the body, such as under the fingernails. It also appeared in such older locutions as touched to the quick, for "deeply affected," and stung to the quick, for "wounded, distressed," both dating from the early 1500s. The current expression was considered a cliché from about 1850 on.
See also: cut, quick

stung

mod. alcohol intoxicated. I’m a little stung by the mule, but I can find my way home if you’ll just remind me how to open this door.
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Out of 5804 cases, 760 cases of scorpion stung people were with a history of stings.
He explained: "If you're stung in the nose and the penis, you're going to want more stings to the penis, over the nose -if you're forced to choose.
Generally, most victims of scorpion stung people were in rural area (11762: 56.
I'd urge anyone who has a reaction when stung to get it looked at - next time it could be fatal.
He was stung when he brushed against a flower as he went into the back garden while cooking breakfast for me and the children,' said widow Lynn, 45.
She knew that she was allergic to bees, Rossiter said, though she got stung last year and suffered no ill effects.
When I finally managed to fight them off, I had been stung about a dozen times.
The resident, unable to cry out or move, is stung hundreds of times.
Now doctors are confident that Lawrence, who could have died if he was stung again, can play outside with his nine-year-old sister Stella without taking a syringe of life-saving adrenaline with him.
All three entomologists are also beekeepers who have been stung thousands of times.
Almost all persons stung by fire ants develop an itchy, localized hive at the sting site which usually subsides within 30 to 60 minutes.
Anyone who has experienced any symptoms of anaphylactic shock after being stung should know that reactions usually become increasingly severe with successive stings.
Stinging insects are beneficial in that they pollinate plants and flowers and eat other harmful pests, but they also dole out painful stings and cause people anxiety about being stung.
Fire ants are a problem across the Southeast, where over 40% of the population is stung every year.