hit/strike/touch a nerve

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Definition of hit/strike/touch a nerve

: to make someone feel angry, upset, embarrassed, etc. Something she said to him must have hit/struck/touched a nerve. I've never seen him so angry. His controversial column might have hit a (raw/sensitive) nerve with some readers.

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“Hit/strike/touch a nerve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit%2Fstrike%2Ftouch%20a%20nerve. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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