• When you rub salt in a wound, it means to deliberately make someone’s unhappiness, shame, or misfortune worse.

  • To unnecessarily cause someone more sadness or trouble. when he or she is already in a difficult situation.
  • To make a difficult situation even worse for someone.

1. Losing was bad enough but watching the team win the trophy was like rubbing salt in a wound.

 

2. Her nasty remark was like rubbing salt in a wound.

 

3. My skin has been breaking out lately and when Robert called me Pizza-face it was like rubbing salt in a wound.

 

4. Finding our engagement ring after the breakup was like rubbing salt in a wound.

add fuel to the fire, add insult to injury, aggravate, exacerbate, heighten, provoke, slap in the face, twist the knife, worsen

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