to add insult to injury

Idiom Definition 1

"to add insult to injury"

to cause further emotional distress to someone after already doing them harm


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - add insult to injury

"to add insult to injury"

to make a bad situation worse


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - add insult to injury

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I can't believe that you got blamed for the boss's error and then were demoted.

Colleague 2:  It is definitely not fair. And to add insult to injury, the boss has me carrying file boxes from the archives. I have to parade my shame through the office. It is terribly insulting.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - add insult to injury

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How was your weekend getaway?

Friend 2:  Terrible.

Friend 1: What happened?

Friend 2:  First, we drove into a terrible rainstorm on the way to the resort. Then we got a flat tire. As I was starting to change the flat, a passing motorist, not bothering to even slow down, drove through a huge puddle and deluged me with mud.

Friend 1:  That must have been awful.

Friend 2:  Sure. And to add insult to injury, when I finally got the car jacked up and the flat tire removed, I discovered that the spare tire was flat.


to add insult to injury - Usage:


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to add insult to injury - Gerund Form:

Adding insult to injury is not the way to win friends.

Adding insult to injury, they made the embarrassing announcement in front of the entire staff.

to add insult to injury - Examples:

1)  ... personal information from more than one billion Yahoo users was stolen. To add insult to injury, the Board agreed to pay Mayer's replacement double her base salary.

2)  ... yielded very little, with the minister arriving 20 minutes late, to add insult to injury.

3)  To add insult to injury, Stevens wristed one in while skating short-handed less than five minutes later.

4)  ... started digging it up. To add insult to injury the work was started without even asking for our permission.

5)  ... but were still around €50,000 out of pocket in total. To add insult to injury, the HMRC asked the couple to pay capital gains tax on the ...

6)  ... off work - yet was denied sick pay or compensation, quite literally adding insult to injury.

7)  ... the lake, plus warming conditions, are allowing the algae to thrive. Adding insult to injury, water levels have dropped in recent years, ...

8)  She said asking the inmates to strip was "adding insult to injury" and suggested that the authorities find other means of carrying out the ...

9)  ... his team is dropped the very next match and made to carry drinks (Adding insult to injury). 

10)  ... has suspended the bully from school. In adding insult to injury, the bully could even be seen smoking and posing for a picture ...

11)  ... but having to carry multiple pairs of glasses or use awkward bifocals just adds insult to injury.

12)  The fact that the death benefit is taxable just adds insult to injury.

13)  ... are not going through due process. The fact they are cutting trees down adds insult to injury.

14)  Fishing vessels can now look forward to significantly higher quotas without any scientific justification only adds insult to injury.

15)  Such jingoistic rhetoric is especially painful and adds insult to injury for the families of the victims.

16)  Not only that, but the animal abuser added insult to injury by making a drum of the skin, so he could beat a ...

17)  ... graphic details on social media. He said for the relatives, it only added insult to injury.

18)  ... in defiance of the Vatican's instruction, has recently added insult to injury by saying Mass in public to celebrate his birthday.

19)  ... his contempt for women. That he beat out a more qualified woman candidate added insult to injury for some.

20)  ... the students' civil rights by ejecting them. The college then added insult to injury by telling the press, incorrectly, that the students had been disruptive ...