pour salt on(to) the/(one's) wound(s)(redirected from poured salt on the wounds)
pour salt on(to) the/(one's) wound(s)
To make something that is already difficult, unpleasant, or painful even worse; to accentuate, aggravate, or intensify a negative situation, emotion, or experience (for one). John was already upset after losing the championship match, but his girlfriend poured salt on his wound when she broke up with him the next day. My pride was already hurting when I didn't get the job, but hearing that they gave it to Dave really poured salt onto the wound. I can't believe you would ask me to pay you back on the day that I got laid off. Thanks for pouring salt on my wounds, man.
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