sting (one) to the quick

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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.
See also: quick, sting

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.
See also: quick, stung