reopen old wounds

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

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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In the series, the character is conflicted, still grieving while considering a story that will undoubtedly reopen old wounds.
Jonny Petrie, who arrived in the province last month, insisted yesterday he had no desire to "reopen old wounds".
Michelle Zelli, a life coach, also said that Markle and Prince Harry's baby's arrival could reopen old wounds that took a very long time to heal for the Duke of Sussex.
But before you reopen old wounds, and maybe cause more hurt and confusion, figure out why you left him.
If you reopen old wounds, Turkey was the least contributor," Yildirim added.
And while I have mentioned it before (in my column on October 27, 2009, to be precise) it's time to reopen old wounds because there's been a big development!
Now the aim is to reopen old wounds from the HE-da-Par side, so that the two groups will fight each other."
But they say escalating violence could reopen old wounds and trigger ethnic bloodletting.
According to analyst Ismet Ramadani, the processes are over and it is not good to "reopen old wounds".
Once again under suspicion, they are forced to reopen old wounds.
But there is concern in Kenya that the trials could reopen old wounds and undo reconciliation efforts by communities who once fought each other in deadly battles.
Once again under suspicion, they are forced to reopen old wounds and revisit painful memories.
"The only other condition to which this proposal is subject is that of your keeping the fact of a payment having been paid and its amount, confidential, as media publicity or even the individuals' gossip can reopen old wounds and so undermine efforts to make peace."
IS Lord Heseltine about to reopen old wounds? The former deputy prime minister publishes his report on regional economic growth today, stay with me, and the Scribbler hears behind the scenes that he wants to see one mayor for Tyne and Wear.
Some analysts warned that the more open political climate that has evolved in Myanmar over the past year has allowed people to use new freedoms to reopen old wounds.