Definition of “rub salt in/into the wound” - English Dictionary

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“rub salt in/into the wound” in British English

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rub salt in/into the wound

to make a difficult situation even worse for someone:

Losing was bad enough. Watching them receiving the trophy just rubbed salt into the wound.

(Definition of “rub salt in/into the wound” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)