touch a sore point

touch (on) a sore point

To evoke a strong and negative emotional reaction in someone; to do or say something that upsets someone in a deeply personal way. Your column must have touched a sore point with readers, because we are getting slammed with negative feedback. I could tell he was touching on a sore point, because Jane went deathly silent when he brought up her former employer.
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touch a sore point

tv. to mention something that upsets someone. I touched a sore point with Larry when I mentioned taxes.
See also: point, sore, touch
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