to the quick

to the quick

1. To the exposed flesh, especially that which is tender. I've bitten my fingernails to the quick, and still, I can't stop myself!
2. To the deepest, most fragile part of oneself. Typically used to describe emotional wounds. I can't even look at her right now—that hurtful remark cut me right to the quick.
See also: quick
References in classic literature ?
My heart stood still at the thought, but mind and muscle responded to the quick decision I was forced to make.
a subsidiary of PAR Technology Corporation (NYSE:PTC), and a leading provider of software, hardware and service solutions to the hospitality and retail industries, and Quick Kiosk, A Kinetics Company LLC, a leading provider of self-service solutions to the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) industry, today announced they have formed a strategic partnership.
The Company is the world's largest supplier of Point-of-Sale systems to the quick service restaurant market with over 35,000 systems installed in over 95 countries.
based Quick Kiosk, A Kinetics Company LLC, is a leading provider of innovative self-service solutions to the Quick Service Restaurant industry, using the time-tested hardware and innovative enterprise and e-commerce technology developed both by Quick Kiosk and Kinetics to create a state-of-the-art turnkey solution for any restaurant that wants to take advantage of the myriad benefits of self service.
We are pleased that we can now offer a software package to the quick service industry that incorporates all of the features required by operators.