reopen old wounds

Definition of reopen old wounds

:to cause people to think of things from the past that make them sad, angry, etc.
  • Telling that story will only reopen old wounds.

Word by Word Definitions

reopen play
  1. : to open again

  2. : to take up again : resume

  3. : to resume discussion or consideration of

old play
  1. : dating from the remote past : ancient

  2. : persisting from an earlier time

  3. : of long standing

  1. : one of a specified age

  2. : old or earlier time

wound play wounds
  1. : an injury to the body (as from violence, accident, or surgery) that typically involves laceration or breaking of a membrane (such as the skin) and usually damage to underlying tissues

  2. : a cut or breach in a plant usually due to an external agent

  3. : a mental or emotional hurt or blow

  1. : to cause a wound to or in

  2. : to inflict a wound

  1. : past tense and past participle of wind


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