open old wounds

open old wounds

To bring up or remind someone of a painful, tragic, or unfortunate past event or situation. Seeing Jessica with her new girlfriend opened a lot of old wounds this afternoon. The fight got pretty nasty, and we both started opening old wounds from years ago.
See also: old, open, wound

open old wounds

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reopen old wounds

If something or someone opens old wounds or reopens old wounds, they remind you of an unpleasant experience in the past that you would prefer to forget. I didn't raise the subject again — I was in no hurry to open old wounds. It is said that the row is reopening old wounds among Conservative MPs.
See also: old, open, wound
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Beetle Boy is a young adult story about prying open old wounds and wading into their wreckage, and the doors that open only after you've taken that excruciating step.
It is the United States and its coalition that have ripped open old wounds to revive bitter divisions, both real and imagined, between Sunni and Shia.
He did not try to do so with two other ladies, including the one he said placed her hand on his private part because of his ministrations, because he realized through his therapy sessions that he could open old wounds for these ladies by approaching them.
An authentic Londoner with grit, sparkle and a touch of danger, Karl is the perfect fit for this new character, whose appearance will open old wounds.
Going on a nationwide tour to promote a new biography which is guaranteed to open old wounds, not least with Rooney.
For some it's the chance to relive their dream, for others it may open old wounds as they prepare to face demons they thought they had buried forever.
Sara Farmanfarmai, of the Criterion, says: "What starts as a comedy about two men who do not want to be in the same room together becomes a gripping and moving drama as they get to know each other, come to care about each other and open old wounds they have been nursing for years.
As part of the Everyman Theatre's Banned season, the Cardiff-based company have decided to open old wounds.
The figures open old wounds - unemployment under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher hit 3 million in the early 1980s and gave the Conservative party a reputation for not caring about joblessness.
But the government has rejected all appeals, fearing Chin Peng's return may open old wounds and anger those whose family members were killed during the emergency.
But the government has rejected all appeals, fearing Chin Peng s return may open old wounds and anger those whose family members were killed during the emergency.
This is a week that will force the Monks to open old wounds but will also remind them of the importance of family.
Meanwhile, Ahmeti advised the media not to open old wounds because they hurt more than the fresh ones.
North Korea has already been facing rough weather after South Korea accused it of torpedoing its warship prising open old wounds in the Korean Peninsula.
I think everyone is trying to move on with their lives and by me participating in their project would only open old wounds.