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.

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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 1 Oct. 2020.

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