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

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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.
See also: rub, salt, wound

rub salt into the (or someone's) wound

make a painful experience even more painful for someone.
See also: rub, salt, wound

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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To rub salt into their wounds, a German flag could be seen fluttering behind them as they left.
To rub salt into their wounds, Geneva-based financial services group Locstein has announced it will not pursue a deal with the team in light of their current problems.
The Aussies' confidence must be in tatters after the most shocking defeat in their history yesterday and there is no better individual than Kevin Pietersen to rub salt into their wounds.
Liverpool, though, have already lost three times at home this season and the Saints will be looking to rub salt into their wounds.
To rub salt into their wounds defenders Tod and Byrne picked up a hamstring and groin injury respectively,while former Celtic frontman Donnelly hurt his foot.