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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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"Adding insult to injury is no way to treat a victim of violence," he added.
TONY BLAIR'S letter to a grieving mother is a classic case of adding insult to injury. He believes that it is vital for young British boys to fight in Iraq, but his passionate belief does not extend to sending his sons into his war zone.
Isn't that adding insult to injury? It must be hard enough having to rely on handouts without being given something that is not only morally objectionable but also marks you out as being in need.
This is the point that really seems to have got Soutif's back up--not only would an American write the catalogue for a French elder-statesman artist (and at the Jeu de Paume!) but, adding insult to injury, he would actually cast aspersions on the factor of Gallic pride (if only in a footnote).
To glibly insist that Merseyside remains a safe place to live when we have had one of the worst years on record for murder and other serious crimes is simply adding insult to injury. Quite literally, in the case of the victims.
But juxtaposing them with the bloatedly self-important Chapman brothers and the viscerally affecting yet artless Darger was a striking case of adding insult to injury. The Chapmans presented "Gigantic Fun," eighty-three corpse-saturated etchings "inspired" by the Goyas, as of enormous photographs, "that the Hell I-IX," renderings (by Norber Schorner) of the Chapmans' 1999 sculpture Hell, which features more than 10,000 hand-modeled and -painted "dead" toy figurines assembled in a chaotic conflagration and placed on an inverted swastika.