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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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Port Hedland had reopened at 09: 00 am AWST on Tuesday after being closed for 92.5 hours, the Pilbara Ports Authority said.
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The official said it was closed for transport due to security reasons and reopened on the directives of Army Sector Commander (North), Brigadier Naeem Akbar, to facilitate the local people.
Awami National Party provincial President Asghar Khan Achakzai played an important role in having the gate reopened. Soon after the clash, Achakzai remained in constant contact with the high-ups of Pakistan as well as Afghanistan.
District Police Officer (DPO), Mian Saeed said that as the AWKU was reopened, the police in search operation recovered four pistols, 10 magazines, 2 SMGs, hundreds of rounds from one of its hostel.
However the owners opted not to reopen and it has now reopened under new management and a new name -the New China Garden.
The Wet Deck pool area has now reopened at the W Doha Hotel & Residences, following a refurb.
Some venues targeted in the Paris attacks have already reopened. A la Bonne Biere, a cafAaAaAeA@ where five people were killed on the terra in November, became the first venue targeted to reopen after the attacks, going back to business in early December, the BBC (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35004984) reported.
Georgia, Abkhazia and southern Russia but also for Armenia, who, after years of efforts to have the roads reopened, has finally
SyDNEY (CyHAN)- Sydney's Lindt Chocolate Cafe reopened on Friday after a December siege in which two Australians were killed by an alleged Islamic State supporter, media reports said.
The crossing, the only access point to the Palestinian Gaza Strip not controlled by Israel, was to be reopened last week, but the decision was postponed after an Egyptian police officer working at the terminal was kidnapped and killed.
Thiruvananthapuram: A school on the outskirts of the Kerala capital, which was ordered shut over a fortnight ago after allegation that a child was briefly confined to a kennel on the school campus, reopened on Thursday.
by Zainullah Stanikzai on 31 August, 2014 - 19:06 LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Closed due to insecurity, about 120 schools are being reopened in various parts of southern Helmand province next solar year beginning two weeks later, the education director said on Sunday.
"I have campaigned to have the line reopened with fellow North East MPs for many years."
The only answer to get things done is for the 1667 residents of Kintore who want the station reopened to march on the station one Saturday morning with spades and wheelbarrows, clean the whole thing up and hang out a red flag to stop the first train.