rub salt in the wound

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Derived from the stingingly painful sensation of table salt deliberately being rubbed into an open, bleeding wound, as for torture, interrogation, etc.

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rub salt in the wound

  1. (idiomatic) To make an injury feel worse.

Usage notes[edit]

  • For rub, one can substitute verbs such as add, pour, put, possibly requiring a change in the preposition in.
  • See salt in the wound for variations in that portion of the expression.

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