salt in the wound

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

salt in the wound ‎(uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) Something that increases someone's pain.
    That's just salt in his wounds.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The can be replaced by a or a possessive.
  • Wound can appear as a plural.
  • In can be replaced by prepositions such as into, on, to, and from, the latter changing the sense, but staying within the metaphor.

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