to rub salt in the wound

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - rub salt in the wound

"to rub salt in the wound"

to deliberately make a painful, shameful or difficult experience worse


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - rub salt in the wound

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 rub salt in the wound, the boss has me carrying file boxes from the archives. I have to parade my shame through the office. It is very humiliating.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - rub salt in the wound

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  You look miserable. What's going on?

Friend 2:  My boyfriend announced on Saturday morning that he thought I was getting fat.

Friend 1:  That wasn't nice.

Friend 2:  And to rub salt in the wound, instead of bringing over our usual Saturday-night takeout pizza, he brought salad.

Friend 1:  That's terrible.

to rub salt in the wound - Usage:


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to rub salt in the wound - Gerund Form:

Rubbing salt in the wound, he not only told her that he was ending the relationship but that he was in love with her best friend.

to rub salt in the wound - Examples:

1)  ... finalists failed to win the mystery star prize, Bowen would rub salt in the wound by declaring, " Let's take a look at what you could have won ...

2)  ...passed over for immigrant workers, by Australian contractors. To rub salt in the wound 20 a year from their London council tax goes to this expensive project. 

3)  ... along with all funding to the libraries in Regina and Saskatoon. To rub salt in the wound, the cutbacks were made retroactive to January 1.

4)  ... lacks innovativeness in the plot, and the unconvincing characterisations rub salt in the wound.

5)  $10 million riverside mansion was flooded in January. To rub salt in the wound, the actor had just completed major renovation works at his ...

6)  ... scored from close range for Dundee after a corner before adding a second to rub salt in the wound.

7)  Such a tragic loss from such a cowardly attack. To rub salt in the wound the attacker in Mt Isa got bail.

8)  are now forced to watch helplessly this despicable man carry on his treachery and to rub salt in the wound tells us that this is their 'good governance'.

9)  ... the future looks bleak for Malaysian sports. To rub salt in the wound, Malaysia failed to meet its seven-gold target.

10)  ... so watching Amazon erect stores in place of those that have closed down will simply rub salt in the wound.

11)  ... still didn't tell him that she and Jef were together so as not to rub salt in the wound, she said.

12)  ... featuring boring rinse and repeat strategies and painfully scripted weak-spots. Just to really rub salt in the wound, players will often need to replay the same sections over ...

13)  The singer went on to rub salt in the wound by choosing the day of their cancelled wedding to announce he was engaged to someone new.

14)  The reality is one rejection can lead to others. To rub salt in the wound, some lenders require an application fee up front.

15)  For them to sort of minimise it like they did is sort of like rubbing salt in the wound.

16)  ... wasn't long before Lynne was pregnant. It felt like they were rubbing salt in the wound since they'd both known how much I wanted another baby.

17)  ... treated Denise's claims that she was sexually assaulted as false, which is like rubbing salt in the wound.

18)  ... wasn't enough, a seemingly unwarranted medical bill that follows may truly feel like rubbing salt in the wound.

19)  I think it would be rubbing salt in the wound to remind today's team of what happened then.

20)  ... and the idea of a jolly holiday is like rubbing salt in the wound when our loved one isn't there.