touch/strike/hit a raw nerve

idiom

: to hurt or upset a person or people
The article touched/struck/hit a raw nerve.

Examples of touch/strike/hit a raw nerve in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Such comments strike a raw nerve in Israel, a country established as a haven for Jews in the wake of the Holocaust. NBC News, 19 Feb. 2024 The horrifying video of George Floyd being slowly strangled to death hit a raw nerve in the black community, which has endured decades of these kinds of atrocities, as well as an exponentially greater amount of less-lethal abuses. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, 9 June 2020 But comments made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have hit a raw nerve. Hadas Gold, CNN, 4 May 2022 And given that my mother is a two-time breast cancer survivor, that potential truth, whether conclusive or not, hit a raw nerve. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, 27 Dec. 2021

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“Touch/strike/hit a raw nerve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/touch%2Fstrike%2Fhit%20a%20raw%20nerve. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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