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English definition of “rub salt in/into the wound”

rub salt in/into the wound

to make a difficult situation even worse for someone: Losing was bad enough, having to watch them receiving the trophy just rubbed salt into the wound.Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disastersWorse and worst
(Definition of rub salt in/into the wound from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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