salt in the/(one’s) wound(s)

salt in the/(one's) wound(s)


An aggravation that makes something unpleasant, difficult, or painful even worse.


I can’t believe Sally broke up with John the day after his team lost the championship match. Talk about salt in the wounds!

My pride was already hurting when I didn’t get the job, but it was like salt in my wound to hear that they gave it to Dave instead.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What does the idiom ‘salt in the/(one’s) wound(s)’ mean?

The idiom salt in the/(one’s) wound(s) means “to deal with a difficult situation without being harmed or damaged”

How do you use ‘salt in the/(one’s) wound(s)’ in a sentence?

Example usage of idiom ‘salt in the/(one’s) wound(s)’: Newspapers have weathered the storm of online information by providing news online themselves.

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