twist/turn the knife (in the wound)

idiom

Definition of twist/turn the knife (in the wound)

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.

Word by Word Definitions

twist play
  1. : to unite by winding

  2. : to make by twisting strands together

  3. : to mingle by interlacing

  1. : an act of twisting : the state of being twisted

  2. : a dance performed with strenuous gyrations especially of the hips

  3. : the spin given the ball in any of various games

turn play
  1. : to cause to move around an axis or a center : make rotate or revolve

  2. : to cause to move around so as to effect a desired end (as of locking, opening, or shutting)

  3. : to affect or alter the functioning of (something, such as a mechanical device) or the level of (something, such as sound) by such movement

  1. : the action or an act of turning about a center or axis : revolution, rotation

  2. : any of various rotating or pivoting movements in dancing or gymnastics

  3. : the action or an act of giving or taking a different direction : change of course or posture : such as

knife play
  1. : a cutting instrument consisting of a sharp blade fastened to a handle

  2. : a weapon or tool resembling a knife

  3. : a sharp cutting blade or tool in a machine

  1. : to use a knife on

  2. : to cut, mark, or spread with a knife

  3. : to try to defeat by underhanded means

wound play
  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

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

  3. : a mental or emotional hurt or blow

  1. : to cause a wound to or in

  2. : to inflict a wound

  1. : past tense and past participle of wind


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