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hit/touch a (raw) nerve

C2 to upset someone: She touched a raw nerve when she mentioned that job he didn't get.
Translations of “hit/touch a (raw) nerve”
in Chinese (Traditional) 觸到痛處…
in Russian задеть за живое…
in Turkish sinirlendirmek, asabını bozmak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 触到痛处…
in Polish trafić w czułe miejsce…
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