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English definition of “hit sb where it hurts”

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.Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
(Definition of hit sb where it hurts from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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