sting (one) to the quick(redirected from sting to the quick)
sting (one) to the quick
To deeply emotionally hurt or offend one. The comments stung me to the quick, but I remained composed and carried on with the lecture.
stung to the quick
Deeply emotionally hurt or offended. I was stung to the quick to learn that they called my dress tacky behind my back. The hostess, stung to the quick by her guests' words, locked herself in the bedroom upstairs.
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