pour salt in(to) the/(someone's) wound(s)

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pour salt in(to) the/(someone'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 someone). After losing the championship match, it really poured salt in John's wound for his girlfriend break 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 into 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 in my wounds, man.
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Giving billions away in Overseas Aid is simply pouring salt into the wound - so let us hope and pray that the creation of Sir Nick Clegg will not be a bad omen for 2018 - but methinks the writing is already on the wall?
Cramer, who used to be partnered--some say straitjacketed--on the "Kudlow & Cramer" financial gabber, has come into his own as the galloping gourmet of the stock market, peppering his picks with withering analyses and occasionally pouring salt into the wounds of floundering companies.