rub salt in/into someone's wounds

Definition of rub salt in/into someone's wounds

informal

  1. :  to make a difficult situation even worse for someone It's bad enough that he was right and she was wrong, but the way he keeps talking about it is just rubbing salt into her wounds.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to move along the surface of a body with pressure :  grate

    :  to fret or chafe with or as if with friction

    :  to cause discontent, irritation, or anger

  1. :  an unevenness of surface (as of the ground in lawn bowling)

    :  obstruction, difficulty

    :  something grating to the feelings (such as a gibe or harsh criticism)

saltplay
  1. :  a crystalline compound NaCl that consists of sodium chloride, is abundant in nature, and is used especially to season or preserve food or in industry —called also common salt

    :  a substance (such as Glauber's salt) resembling common salt

    :  a mineral or saline mixture (such as Epsom salts) used as an aperient or cathartic

  1. :  to treat, provide, or season with common salt

    :  to preserve (food) with salt or in brine

    :  to supply (an animal) with salt

  1. :  saline, salty

    :  being or inducing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is suggestive of seawater — compare bitter, sour, sweet

    :  cured or seasoned with salt :  salted

  1. :  lustful, lascivious

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

woundplay 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

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

    :  a mental or emotional hurt or blow

  1. :  to cause a wound to or in

    :  to inflict a wound

  1. : past tense and past participle ofwind


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