to rub salt into the wound

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - rub salt into the wound

"to rub salt into the wound"

to deliberately make a painful, shameful or difficult experience worse


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - rub salt into 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 into 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 into 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 into the wound, instead of bringing over our usual Saturday-night takeout pizza, he brought salad.

Friend 1:  That's terrible.

to rub salt into the wound - Usage:


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to rub salt into the wound - Gerund Form:

Rubbing salt into 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 into the wound - Examples:

1)  ... finalists failed to win the mystery star prize, Bowen would rub salt into 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 into 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 into the wound, the cutbacks were made retroactive to January 1.

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

5)  $10 million riverside mansion was flooded in January. To rub salt into 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 into the wound.

7)  Such a tragic loss from such a cowardly attack. To rub salt into 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 into the wound tells us that this is their 'good governance'.

9)  ... the future looks bleak for Malaysian sports. To rub salt into 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 into the wound.

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

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

13)  The singer went on to rub salt into 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 into 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 into the wound.

16)  ... wasn't long before Lynne was pregnant. It felt like they were rubbing salt into 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 into the wound.

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

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

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