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add insult to injury

To exacerbate an already problematic situation in a way that is humiliating; to make someone who has just experienced injury or defeat feel worse about the situation with one's words. A: "Well, it's not like you were having a great season before you broke your leg." B: "Thanks for adding insult to injury." I was already late for work and, to add insult to injury, I spilled coffee all over myself.
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add insult to injury

Fig. Cliché to make a bad situation worse; to hurt the feelings of a person who has already been hurt. First, the basement flooded, and then, to add insult to injury, a pipe burst in the kitchen. My car barely started this morning, and to add insult to injury, I got a flat tire in the driveway.
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add insult to injury

Hurt a person's feelings after doing him or her harm; also, make a bad situation worse. For example, Not only did the club refuse him, but it published a list of the rejected applicants-that's adding insult to injury , or The nearest parking space was half a mile away, and then, to add insult to injury, it began to pour : The phrase is an ancient one, even older than its often cited use in the Roman writer Phaedrus's fable of the bald man and the fly. A fly bit the head of a bald man, who, trying to crush it, gave himself a heavy blow. The fly then jeered, "You want to avenge an insect's sting with death; what will you do to yourself, who have added insult to injury?" In English it was first recorded in 1748.
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add insult to injury

COMMON If someone or something adds insult to injury, they make a bad situation worse by doing or causing another bad thing. She stood there and made him wash every part of his body. She then added insult to injury by trimming his hair and making him wear a linen shirt several sizes too big for him. Birth is such a shock, and what usually follows adds insult to injury. The poor little thing is held upside down and slapped. Note: You can use to add insult to injury or adding insult to injury to introduce a further unpleasant thing that has happened and that you are reporting. The driver of the car that killed Simon Collins got away with a £250 fine. To add insult to injury, he drove away from court in his own car.
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add insult to injury

do or say something that makes a bad or displeasing situation even worse.
This phrase comes from Edward Moore's play The Foundling ( 1748 ): ‘This is adding insult to injuries’.
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add ˌinsult to ˈinjury

make a bad relationship with somebody worse by offending them even more: She forgot to send me an invitation to her party and then added insult to injury by asking to borrow my jacket!
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add insult to injury, to

To make harm worse by adding humiliation. The phrase has been traced to a Greek fable about a bald man. Trying to kill a fly on his head, he misses and hits himself very hard, and the fly replies, “You wanted to kill me for merely landing on you; what will you do to yourself now that you have added insult to injury?” It has since been applied to countless situations by as many writers, and has long been a cliché.
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To add insult to injury, the Capital Development Authority is selling water to residents through a tanker service, but the procedure itself is tiresome.
To add insult to injury, the traffic inspector got infuriated and manhandled the rickshaw driver.
To add insult to injury, he blurted random syllables during the song's Spanish chorus, and replaced some words with 'burrito' and 'dorito.'
Events like Brexit and the new US administration's policies threaten to add insult to injury as they inject even more uncertainty into the future of global trade.
It steals our energy, depletes our sleep and - to add insult to injury - sucks radiance from our skin.
"This will add insult to injury at a time when families are being hit by a cost of living crisis."
Now, to add insult to injury, he was even booed by kids at the school next door as he turned up at the Wolves training ground.
To add insult to injury they say they will fill the seats by giving the tickets away to students, teachers and members of the Armed Forces.
To add insult to injury, the Association of British Insurers is using figures which are three years old.
Springer manages to add insult to injury by offending the boys' father as his son lies on the operating table.
And to add insult to injury we have a developer, Tony Bateman, telling us the future housing requirements for Coventry and where they have to be built.
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To add insult to injury, they are about to spend pounds 27m on promoting the 2009 Euro elections because the electorate are not remotely interested in voting.
Why does the National Eisteddfod continue to add insult to injury?