to turn the knife (in the wound)

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - turn the knife (in the wound)

"to turn the knife (in the wound)"

to deliberately make a painful, shameful or difficult experience worse


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - turn the knife (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 turn the knife 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 - turn the knife (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 turn the knife, instead of bringing over our usual Saturday-night takeout pizza, he brought salad.

Friend 1:  That's terrible.

to turn the knife (in the wound) - Usage:


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to turn the knife (in the wound) - Gerund Form:

Turning the knife (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 turn the knife (in the wound) - Examples:

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

2)  ...passed over for immigrant workers, by Australian contractors. To turn the knife 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 turn the knife, the cutbacks were made retroactive to January 1.

4)  ... lacks innovativeness in the plot, and the unconvincing characterisations turn the knife.

5)  $10 million riverside mansion was flooded in January. To turn the knife, 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 turn the knife.

7)  Such a tragic loss from such a cowardly attack. To turn the knife the attacker in Mt Isa got bail.

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

9)  ... the future looks bleak for Malaysian sports. To turn the knife, Malaysia failed to meet its seven-gold target.

10)  ... so watching Amazon erect stores in place of those that have closed down will simply turn the knife.

11)  ... still didn't tell him that she and Jef were together so as not to turn the knife, she said.

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

13)  The singer went on to turn the knife 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 turn the knife, some lenders require an application fee up front.

15)  For them to sort of minimise it like they did is sort of like turning the knife.

16)  ... wasn't long before Lynne was pregnant. It felt like they were turning the knife 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 turning the knife.

18)  ... wasn't enough, a seemingly unwarranted medical bill that follows may truly feel like turning the knife.

19)  I think it would be turning the knife to remind today's team of what happened then.

20)  ... and the idea of a jolly holiday is like turning the knife when our loved one isn't there.