add insult to injury

Definition of add insult to injury

  1. :  to do or say something that makes a bad situation even worse for someone <People were forced to work longer hours, and to add insult to injury, the company decided not to give pay raises.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to join or unite so as to bring about an increase or improvement

    :  to say further :  append

    :  to combine (numbers) into an equivalent simple quantity or number

  1. :  to behave with pride or arrogance :  vaunt

    :  to treat with insolence, indignity, or contempt :  affront

    :  to affect offensively or damagingly

  1. :  a gross indignity

    :  injury to the body or one of its parts

    :  something that causes or has a potential for causing such insult

  1. :  an act that damages or hurts :  wrong

    :  violation of another's rights for which the law allows an action to recover damages

    :  hurt, damage, or loss sustained

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