rub salt in/into someone's wounds

idiom

Definition of rub salt in/into someone's wounds

informal
: 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.

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“Rub salt in/into someone's wounds.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rub%20salt%20in%2Finto%20someone%27s%20wounds. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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