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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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Its reopening will enable people to travel to jobs and generate wealth in a depressed area, and ease the traffic problem in Tyneside, if people can park and ride the train, and get hundreds of vehicles off the A1 and A189.
With the Golan Heights and Nassib crossings reopening on Monday, the Syrian government is pushing to reopen the highway between Damascus and Baghdad.
(Currently, we are already on full alert; if it needs to be extended until the reopening of Boracay, we'll do that.)
Jannati had assured reopening of the Zero-Point gate as soon as the construction work was complete.
It is understood the reopening dates will be announced soon, according to sources in the education sector, but many families have been unable to book return tickets for their annual holiday, for which they plan well in advance.
The reopening ceremony was also attended by Nineveh Governor Nawfal al-Sultan.
CAMPAIGNERS are needed to push for the reopening of a railway which last carried passengers more than 50 years ago.
Commenting on the reopening, Starwood Hotels & Resort area manager for Qatar and Oman, and W Doha GM Safak Guvenc said: "We are grateful to our interior designer, United Design Partnership (UDP) who have completed the third of W Doha's recent renovations from Market by Jean-Georges, WAHM and now Wet Deck.
Windows once pitted with bullets have been replaced, the bar itself has been refurbished by the owners and all that's left to do is wash the glasses before reopening.
The reopening of Abkhazia's rail and motor roads after more than two decades of nonuse may be good not only for
The reopening ceremony saw the installation of permanent commemorative plaques for 34-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old barrister Katrina Dawson; they were both killed after being held captive with 16 others for 16 hours in the final minutes of the December 15-16 standoff.
Summary: Reopening of crossing will allow Palestinians students who have been stranded on either side to travel through frontier.
FURTHER to yesterday's letter in The Gazette on Boosbeck abattoir: The parish councillor is correct that if people who purchased properties before the reopening of the abattoir were advised that the abattoir would never reopen they could have a case for compensation.
According to Kommersant, Moscow's interest in reopening the facility increased significantly at the beginning of this year during Russia's attempted expansion into the Ukraine, when the Russian military had several meetings with their Cuban counterparts.
The reopening of these schools would enable thousands of students to resume their education, the official said.