rub salt into the wound


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rub salt in(to) the/(one's) wound(s)

To make something that is already difficult, unpleasant, or painful even worse; to accentuate, aggravate, or intensify a negative situation, emotion, or experience (for someone). After losing the championship match, it really rubbed salt in John's wound for his girlfriend to break up with him the next day. My pride was already hurting when I didn't get the job, but hearing that they gave it to Dave really rubbed salt into the wound. I can't believe you would ask me to pay you back on the day that I got laid off. Thanks for rubbing salt in my wounds, man.
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rub salt into the wound

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rub salt in the wound

COMMON If someone or something rubs salt into the wound or in the wound, they make a situation that is already bad for a person seem even worse. I wasn't allowed to eat anything for 24 hours before the operation so I was really hungry and just to rub salt into the wound, had to sit there while Zoe ate the most delicious-looking pizza. The police rubbed salt in the wounds by waving money in the strikers' faces, a reminder of all the overtime they were earning.
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rub salt into the (or someone's) wound

make a painful experience even more painful for someone.
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rub ˈsalt into the wound/into somebody’s wounds

make somebody who is already feeling upset, angry, etc. about something feel even worse: She was already upset about not getting the job, but when they gave it to one of her own trainees it really rubbed salt into the wound.
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And to rub salt into the wound, Bath fly-half Richie Butland dived over in injury time to wrap up two points which the visitors hardly deserved.
And Kean Seager, of the policyholder action group, said: "They always seem to be finding ways to rub salt into the wound.
And to rub salt into the wound the gifted young midfielder praised Rangers boss Dick Advocaat for giving his kids a chance.
However, it would rub salt into the wounds if some of the best paid civil and public servants are virtually getting off scot-free.
Just to rub salt into the wounds, I also backed Secret Society, who looked like Peking Prince in disguise when cruising up in the 7f handicap, only to find 40-1 poke Al Muheer too strong.
And to rub salt into the wounds, McKenna applied the killer touch with 25 minutes remaining.
To rub salt into the wounds, Glennon then booted the ball up field for Roberts to race clear and fire an unstoppable volley, before Flynn hit a stunning drive for the third.
Just to rub salt into the wounds, Newcastle added a third in the dying seconds when Kev Benson converted Ian Milbourne's close-range cross.