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?
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John Maxwell, whose son Paul was murdered in the bombing, spoke briefly about the royal visit, but was reluctant to revisit his family's great personal tragedy and reopen old wounds.
But they say escalating violence could reopen old wounds and trigger ethnic bloodletting.
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.
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.
The Baggy Greens are masters in the dark arts of sledging and will surely attempt to reopen old wounds, so England - and their maverick star who performed well in India - must be prepared.
But a wolf,' we have also watched Francoeur reopen old wounds, and for fans of the series, the resulting bombshell in the characters' lives is as much like murder as anything ever delivered by a blunt instrument.
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.
While his latest comments appear to be aimed at placating Germans who are increasingly anxious about the Greek situation, they are likely to reopen old wounds with Athens.
Maggie's End predicts a state funeral for Thatcher will reopen old wounds, divide society and cause upheaval on the streets of Britain.
While they will not come as a shock to anyone, of course, they will reopen old wounds, enraging Lebanon's Sunni Muslims and, perhaps, disillusioning a few of Hezbollah's Christian allies.
She wasn't even invited to his anniversary Mass while some of the guests, such as Gay Byrne, admitted they didn't even know Gerry that well, so of course when it's front page news that he left everything to Morah, and nothing to her, it's going to reopen old wounds.
And the 30-year-old sought to reopen old wounds ahead of their showdown in Hamburg on July 2 by unfurling his gruesomely bloody poster at yesterday's open workout in London.
A contest between the Blairite elder Mili-band and Balls would be unlikely to reopen old wounds in the party, Dugher insisted.
Inspired by the mass departure of ethnic Albanians from the region of Kumanovo, professor Etem Xheladin assesses that politicians "have no face" to justify this phenomenon and therefore he advises them not to reopen old wounds.