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English definition of “hit sb where it hurts”

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hit sb where it hurts

to do or say something to someone that will upset them as much as possible: He's always worrying about his weight, so if you want to hit him where it hurts, tell him he's looking a bit fat.
Translations of “hit sb where it hurts”
in Chinese (Traditional) 刺到(某人)的痛處,碰到(某人)的敏感之處…
in Chinese (Simplified) 刺到(某人)的痛处,碰到(某人)的敏感之处…
(Definition of hit sb where it hurts from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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