kick (one) when (one) is down(redirected from kick when down)
kick (one) when (one) is down
To criticize, exploit, insult, or otherwise treat badly someone who has already suffered a setback or is in a vulnerable position. Can Jeff's employee review wait until next week? His girlfriend just left him, and I don't want to kick him while he's down. A: "I'm sorry you got fired, but you shouldn't have been so sloppy with your work." B: "Wow, way to kick me when I'm 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.