touch (one) on the raw

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touch (one) on the raw

To do or say something (such as mentioning a sensitive topic) that causes one to feel agitated or self-conscious; to touch a nerve. Primarily heard in UK. I accidentally touched Vanessa on the raw by mentioning her new haircut—apparently, she's really unhappy with it.
See also: on, raw, touch

touch someone on the raw

upset someone by referring to a subject about which they are extremely sensitive.
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catch/touch somebody on the ˈraw

(British English) upset somebody by reminding them of something they are particularly sensitive about: She touched him on the raw by criticizing his driving.
See also: catch, on, raw, somebody, touch