rub (one's) nose in (something)

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rub (one's) nose in (something)

To remind one of some failure or wrongdoing. Often phrased as "rub (one's) nose in it." Rather than rubbing these ex-convicts' noses in their past misdeeds, we should be creating opportunities for them to help them find a better, more productive life. Whenever I make a mistake, my obnoxious co-worker is always eager to rub my nose in it.
See also: nose, rub
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rub (someone's) nose in

Slang
To bring repeatedly and forcefully to another's attention.
See also: nose, rub
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"For David to say that 'this defeat must really hurt Derry' gave me the impression he was rubbing our noses in it," said Kenny.
"We do not object to the prison having a medical centre, but we do feel it is rubbing our noses in it." Leigh Griffin, chief executive of Sefton Primary Care Trust, said: "The health facilities at HMP Kennet will be provided in line with the requirements of the Home Office and the funding will not come from the PCT's budget, so this is an entirely separate issue.