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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.
See also: add, injury, insult

fire questions at (someone)

To rapidly ask someone questions. Can you please not fire questions at me as soon as I get home from work?
See also: fire, question

fire insults at (someone)

To insult someone in rapid succession. That bully is constantly firing insults at the nerdy kids in class.
See also: fire, insult

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

hurl insults (at someone)

 and throw insults (at someone)
Fig. to direct insults at someone; to say something insulting directly to someone. Anne hurled an insult at Bob that made him very angry. If you two would stop throwing insults, we could have a serious discussion.
See also: hurl, insult

throw insults

(at someone) Go to hurl insults (at someone).
See also: insult, throw

trade insults (with someone)

to take turns with someone in mutual insulting. We traded insults with each other for a while and then settled down to some serious discussions of our differences.
See also: insult, trade

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.
See also: add, injury, insult

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.
See also: add, injury, insult

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

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!
See also: add, injury, insult

fire ˈquestions, ˈinsults, etc. at somebody

ask somebody a lot of questions one after another or make a lot of comments very quickly: The room was full of journalists, all firing questions at them.
See also: fire, somebody
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As an engineer, it insulted me through its argument which had no technical or intellectual basis.
During initial police investigations the defendant had admitted insulting the police officer, saying: "I opened a Twitter account using a nickname and insulted the head of Dubai Police because he didn't solve my problems.
The lieutenant was told by the chief that the accused insulted him for being the Commander-In Chief of the Dubai Police and not for his personal capacity.
Karate players Berat Jakupu feels insulted, first as an Albanian and then as a sport players who has won many medals for this country.
I have never insulted any footballer or been insulted by a footballer
The Daily News has deeply insulted those who serve and protect the public.
Journalists and public figures critical of the government in particular have been targeted by the police and prosecutors on the grounds that they have insulted the head of state.
Two channels, Al-Faraeen and Al-Qahira wal Nas were also included among those to have allegedly insulted Morsy.
According to the case papers, Hamad Al Naqi posted, between February 5 and March 27, comments and tweets that insulted Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), his companions Abu Baqer, the first Caliph, and Othman, the second caliph, and his wife Aisha.
A senior police lieutenant said in his statement to the prosecution that he was assigned personally by the chief to lodge a complaint at the General Department of Criminal Investigation against the defendant who had insulted the chief for the second time on Twitter.
The defendant then insulted them again and said, "I can tell you don't have much by your cheap slippers," they said.
We decided to do this bearing in mind that Albanians are constantly insulted at sport matches.
When the American man appeared before the court he pleaded guilty, and claimed that he only insulted the British woman after she insulted him first.
LEEDS United fans insulted the Turkish flag before the riot in which two of them were stabbed to death, it was claimed yesterday.
Police said the incident began when the local youths from poor neighborhoods, seeking to avenge English-Tunisian clashes after a match in Marseille two weeks earlier, insulted, then struck English fans.