hit somebody when they're down

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hit (one) when (one) is down

To criticize, exploit, insult, or otherwise treat badly one who has already suffered a setback or is in a vulnerable position. Can Jeff's employee review wait until next week? His girlfriend just left him, and I don't want to hit him while he's down. Bob: "I'm sorry you got fired, but you shouldn't have been so sloppy with your work." Dave: "Wow, Bob. Way to hit me when I'm down."
See also: down, hit
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hit somebody when they’re ˈdown

continue to hurt somebody when they are already defeated: You wouldn’t hit a man when he’s down, would you?
See also: down, hit, somebody
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