reopen old wounds

idiom

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.

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“Reopen old wounds.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reopen%20old%20wounds. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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