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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

reopen old wounds

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

remind somebody of something unpleasant that happened or existed in the past: Look, let’s try not to reopen any old wounds this time, OK?
See also: old, reopen, wound
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But owner Punch Taverns, which had been aiming to reopen the pub in time for Easter weekend, said it was confident the venue would now be run in a responsible manner.
In other states, notorious civil rights-era cases have been reopened, and the U.S.
"It takes personnel to reopen the cattery," Wellington says.
Small sections have been reopened since the entire line was shut down following the January 25 incident at Chancery Lane in which 32 passengers were injured.
The airport has new security measures in place and is the last US airport to reopen following the 11 September terrorist attacks on the USA.
It is becoming more difficult for VA claimants to present, develop, and prevail on claims to reopen disallowed claims.
Cathay Pacific Airways of Hong Kong said Monday it will reopen bookings for eight destinations Tuesday after a pilots' sick-out disrupted service.
The Opera House, which closed for renovation in July 1997, is scheduled to reopen in December 1999, in time for the millennial celebrations.
Baghdad, (NINA) -The Sultanate of Oman officially announced its decision to reopen its embassy in Baghdad to resume its diplomatic work after a break of nearly 20 years.
Special Police security will be provided for Government schools when schools reopen on Monday, the Education Ministry said today.
Islamabad -- It is learnt that a decision has been taken in principle to reopen Kayaban-e-Suhrwardy from Zero Point to Aabpara after 10 years in front of CDA Complex and adjoining buildings.
It quoted informed sources as saying that Jordan takes orders from the US and is dragging feet to reopen the border-crossing, trying to blame the Syrian government for the delay.