kick someone when they are down

kick someone when they are down

If someone kicks you when you are down, they do something to harm you or upset you when you are already in a difficult or unpleasant situation. There seemed no point in kicking the man when he was down. When he and the team have been struggling, the Press have kicked them when they were down, with their cruel and ridiculous post-match comments.
See also: down, kick

kick someone when they are down

cause further misfortune to someone who is already in a difficult situation.
See also: down, kick