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.
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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 the loss to injury of Mo Besic and Kevin Mirallas - ruling both out of Wednesday's crucial Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Manchester City - rubbed salt into the wounds for Martinez.
Ricardo Fuller rubbed salt into the wounds by making it 2-1 a minute later and Matthew Etherington caught York cold early in the second half to make it 3-1 for Tony Pulis's side.
Then the cleric rubbed salt into the wounds of Foley's victim by arrogantly brushing off stern criticism of his actions.
In the meantime, Mwaruwari had added a 50th-minute second with a far post header and Svetoslav Todorov rubbed salt into the wounds with a fourth in injury time.
And Richie McCaw's late touchdown rubbed salt into the wounds of a Lions side that was out on its feet by the final whistle.
Chester briefly threatened to haul themselves back into the game but the returning Shawn Myers then rubbed salt into the wounds with a game high 27 points against his former club to secure the Eagles a safe passage into the quarter-finals.
The stewards rubbed salt into the wounds of Bomb Alaska's jockey John Egan when giving him a three-day ban (October 11-13) for using his whip with excessive frequency.
A HOWLER from keeper Joe Lewis rubbed salt into the wounds as Posh's promotion bid suffered a serious setback.
And the prospect of seeing her killer walk free this September would have rubbed salt into the wounds of the Kiely family.
Steve Clarke got on the scoresheet for the first time in six years with Chelsea's second, substitute Tore Andre Flo sprung the offside trap to score the third and Hughes rubbed salt into the wounds with a bicycle kick to round off the win 12 minutesfrom time.
Palace rubbed salt into the wounds of their hosts with a fifth from in-form Johnson.
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