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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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"The third aggravating factor was the context in which Mr Suarez used the insulting words.
Sok Sam Oeun, a legal expert familiar with the allegedly insulting Facebook post, said that the alleged insult in question along with the King's picture was probably enough evidence to convict Samphy.
Tehran's Criminal Court found Arabi guilty of insulting the Prophet, or "sabb al-nabi," August 30.
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It has been strongly criticized by free-speech campaigners, and in December the House of Lords voted by 150 to 54, a majority of 96, to remove the word insulting, the report said.
Asked about the charge of unlawful assembly, police spokesman Michalis Katsounotos said the ELAM gathering turned illegal because in the process the participants committed an unlawful act - insulting the President.
The arrest of a teacher under Cambodia's lese majeste law has been condemned by analysts and human rights defenders, who have claimed it violates freedom of expression, as government officials warned media outlets on the republishing of content deemed insulting.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- A man in yzmir has filed a petition for libel against his wife for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an, the private yhlas news agency said on Monday.
The Judiciary is planning to execute Ruhollah Tavana for "insulting the Prophet" in a drunken video he made of himself and never circulated, the International Campaign for Human Rights (ICHRI) in Iran announced last Thursday.
While President Mohamed Morsi has said many times that freedom of expression is protected, the prosecution of media and political figures accused of insulting government officials, especially the president, runs counter to this narrative.
Manama: A court in Kuwait on Sunday sentenced a former lawmaker to three years in prison for insulting members of a local tribe.
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A BAHRAINI journalist standing trial for assault appeared to trip herself up in court after she confessed to insulting a female doctor.