cut (someone) to the quick

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Definition of cut (someone) to the quick

: to make (someone) very upset Her harsh words cut him to the quick.

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“Cut (someone) to the quick.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cut%20(someone)%20to%20the%20quick. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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