sting (one) to the quick(redirected from stings to the quick)
sting (one) to the quick
To hurt or offend someone at a deeply emotional level. The comments stung me to the quick, but I remained composed and carried on with the lecture.
stung to the quick
Hurt or offended at a deeply emotional level. 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.