twist/turn the knife (in the wound)

idiom

informal
: to say or do things that cause more pain to someone who is already suffering
Any more cuts in government aid to these poor people will be twisting the knife in the wound.

Examples of twist/turn the knife (in the wound) in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This series focuses on Ray’s victims in the lead-up to his conviction, allowing viewers to see the way charismatic people can twist the knife and turn someone’s life sideways, whether in a convention center with 2000 people or a small residence in a university. Eric Farwell, EW.com, 13 Dec. 2023 Gently twist the knife to slowly pry the shell open. Odette Williams, WSJ, 19 Dec. 2023 Kingfisher is not afraid to twist the knife, showing the sacrifices Toadling has made and the ill treatment she’s suffered, but the story keeps coming back to kindness — which could be the best possible antidote to dystopia. Charlie Jane Anders, Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2023 Stick your knife gently into the gap and, holding the coconut over the bowl, twist the knife to open the shell and empty out the coconut water. Farokh Talati, Bon Appétit, 3 Feb. 2023 To twist the knife into the Commanders’ wounds, Rivera may not have been fully aware of what was at stake in starting Wentz. Derrik Klassen, New York Times, 1 Jan. 2023 To twist the knife further, this also happens to be the 19th track on the album. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 21 Oct. 2022 However, when Shiv's (Sarah Snook) twist the knife in her brother's back with a horrifying damning statement, Kendall flakes on The Disruption at the very last minute. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 3 Nov. 2021

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“Twist/turn the knife (in the wound).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/twist%2Fturn%20the%20knife%20%28in%20the%20wound%29. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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