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add insult to injury

To exacerbate an already disappointing, embarrassing, or otherwise unpleasant situation. 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. A: "The team is already on a 10-game losing streak, and, to add insult to injury, their star player is going to miss tonight's game with the flu." B: "I guess we'll be reporting on an 11-game losing streak tomorrow, huh?"
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do (oneself or someone) an injury

To do something that harms or injures oneself or someone else. You'll do yourself an injury if you keeping riding so carelessly. You sure did your brother an injury by including him in that dangerous game.
See also: an, injury
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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.
See also: add, injury, insult, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

do yourself an injury

suffer physical harm or damage. informal
See also: an, injury

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’.
See also: add, injury, insult, to
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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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do somebody/yourself an ˈinjury

(often humorous) hurt somebody/yourself physically: I nearly did myself an injury carrying those heavy suitcases.
See also: an, injury, somebody
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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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Methods: This cross sectional study was conducted at the Department of Ophthalmology, Combined Military Hospital, Peshawar over four years period from June 2012 through March 2016, Two hundred ten consecutive soldiers who presented with ocular war injuries were included for analysis after taking written informed consent.
Closed globe injuries were more frequent and were recorded in 120 (57.1%) patients.
However, the sport's arduous nature has led to reported match injury rates as high as 30.7 injuries per 1000 athlete-exposures among college wrestlers second only to injury rates among college football players (4).
the highest proportion of injuries for which a player missed more than 7 days was for baseball (31.0%) and wrestling (32.6%), with the lowest proportions for field hockey (20.4%) and softball (22.9%) (5).
Associated other injuries and cases admitted after 24 hours of injury were excluded.
Total estimated costs for injuries for which patients were treated and released were $167.1 billion (Table 2).
At Grand Avenue shops in Ely a 32-year-old man suffered multiple injuries, a 10-year-old | At Leckwith, a 27-year-old woman suffered a head injury and a 49-year-old suffered multiple injuries.
Bowling was the primary cause of injuries in a group of 196 elite schoolboy cricketers taking part in the 2004 national U19 Cricket Week.
Injuries were recorded on an injury form (6) describing the athlete as well as the nature, site, severity, and mechanism of injury.
Conclusion: Surgical exploration of neck penetrating injuries on the basis of hard signs and platysmal penetration was found a safe procedure especially in patients who had history of hemodynamic instability.
* Considering all available medical and claims data from 1998 to 2017, 53 percent of all claims and 51 percent of medical costs were associated with multiple injuries.
In patients with a fracture, occult derived injuries are those such as friction, stabbing, or puncturing injuries of the surrounding tissues, including nerves, blood vessels, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and organs, by fracture fragments following the primary injury.
Key Words: Frequency, Cervical Spine Injuries, Maxillofacial Trauma.
Methods: This retrospective study was conducted at Armed Forces Institute of Ophthalmology, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, and comprised patients with ocular injuries from January 2010 to June 2014.
The results revealed that school injuries represented 21.8% of recorded injuries among children aged 11, 13, and 15 years.