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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 (one)

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

fire insults at (one)

To insult one in rapid succession. That bully is constantly firing insults at the other 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

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.
See also: add, insult
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to justify a non-Muslim insulter of the Prophet going free, (63) but one century later Jalal al-DIn al-Suyuti (d.
There follows, still in act 1, the justly celebrated scene in which Cyrano displays his mastery of both word and sword--to a young man who makes an insulting reference to the size of his nose, Cyrano replies first with a brilliantly comic speech showing how a person of talent might have insulted his nose with imagination and wit, then announces, and proceeds to carry out, his intention to fight a duel with his insulter, while improvising a ballade, and to deliver the coup de grace to his victim at the end of the last line of the ballade.
Je ne suis pas oblige de me laisser intimider, insulter ou menacer.
Pausanias ma Philippe, parce que Philippe l'avait laisse insulter par les partisans d'Attale.
Il regarde, "fascine" et "horrifie" (33), (7) la police francaise insulter, tabasser et tuer les "Arabes," les "Francais musulmans," les "fellouzes," puis, meduse, se met a compter instinctivement les bus affectes par la RATP (et conduits par ses chauffeurs) remplis "d'hommes presses les uns contre les autres, debout, blesses" (35).
More often than not, the insulter will e-mail back in shock that I've replied to them, and, in the end, we reach common ground.
Ce serait insulter son intelligence que de croire qu'il ne le sait pas, mais il est plus que certain que celui qu'on cherche par cette nouvelle fuite, certainement organisee sans qu'on sache par qui, contre un autre de ses ministres, est le chef du gouvernement, Youssef Chahed, en personne.
Je ne pourrais jamais insulter quelqu'un, car j'ai du respect pour tout le monde [beaucoup plus grand que], a-t-il repondu a la presse en marge du lancement de l'etude sur le label [beaucoup moins que] Origine Algerie Garantie [beaucoup plus grand que].
Comment des officiers vont-ils sacrifier leurs sangs pour defendre un peuple qui ne cesse de les insulter et de les diaboliser ?
Jouer avec les etres humains, les humilier avant de les tuer, les insulter .
Il sert a] opposer les notions, a contester les principes: il attaque, ebranle, renverse secretement quelques opinions ridicules qu'on n'oserait insulter ouvertement.
Desormais pour l'UGTT, critiquer equivaut a insulter, opposer une logique economique a ses theses socialisantes equivaut a attaquer le syndicat et le syndicalisme, critiquer un droit de greve qui met en peril le droit du citoyen a un service public, continu et de qualite, equivaut a remettre en cause un droit constitutionnel sans aucune limite.
Ils etaient des milliers a deverser leur colere sur les joueurs, le staff technique, a sa tete Alain Michel, et le president de la SSPA-CRB, Reda Malek, qui s'est fait copieusement insulter et a et accuse d'avoir arrange le match avec les visiteurs.