cut to the quick


: to cause severe hurt or upset
Their criticism cut to the quick.

Examples of cut to the quick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both know each other’s triggers and Domont’s prickly screenplay has plenty of barbs that cut to the quick. Thomas Page, CNN, 27 Jan. 2023 When such stars finally leave us, the news can cut to the quick. Peter Tonguette, WSJ, 24 Apr. 2021

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“Cut to the quick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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