twist/turn the knife in the wound


twist/turn the knife in the wound
twist/turn the knife (in the wound)
informal : to say or do things that cause more pain to someone who is already suffering

Any more cuts in government aid to these poor people will be twisting the knife in the wound.

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Main Entry:knife
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twist/turn the knife in the wound — see knife, 1
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Main Entry:wound

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  • twist/turn the knife — (in the wound) informal : to say or do things that cause more pain to someone who is already suffering Any more cuts in government aid to these poor people will be twisting the knife in the wound. • • • Main Entry: ↑knife …   Useful english dictionary

  • twist the knife (in the wound) — twist/turn/the knife (in the wound) phrase to make a bad situation even worse Thesaurus: to make something worsesynonym Main entry: knife * * * turn/twist the ˈknife (in the wound) idiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • turn the knife (in the wound) — twist/turn/the knife (in the wound) phrase to make a bad situation even worse Thesaurus: to make something worsesynonym Main entry: knife * * * turn/twist the ˈknife (in the wound) idiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • knife — knife1 [ naıf ] (plural knives [ naıvz ] ) noun count *** an object with a sharp blade for cutting food: You need a sharp knife for the steak. knives and forks a kitchen/bread/carving knife a. an object with a blade, used as a weapon or tool: He… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • knife — knife1 W3S3 [naıf] n plural knives [naıvz] ↑flipper, ↑knife, ↑tank, ↑wetsuit [: Old English; Origin: cnif] 1.) a metal blade fixed into a handle, used for cutting or as a weapon →↑scalpel ▪ a knife and fork …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • knife — I UK [naɪf] / US noun [countable] Word forms knife : singular knife plural knives UK [naɪvz] / US *** an object with a sharp blade for cutting food You need a sharp knife for the steak. knives and forks a kitchen/bread/carving knife a) an object… …   English dictionary

  • twist the knife — (in the wound) To increase someone s distress or embarrassment, eg by making constant reminders of the circumstances that caused it • • • Main Entry: ↑knife * * * twist (or turn) the knife (in the wound) deliberately make someone s sufferings… …   Useful english dictionary

  • knife — [[t]na͟ɪf[/t]] ♦♦♦ knives, knifes, knifing, knifed (knives is the plural form of the noun and knifes is the third person singular of the present tense of the verb.) 1) N COUNT A knife is a tool for cutting or a weapon and consists of a flat piece …   English dictionary

  • turn — turnable, adj. /terrn/, v.t. 1. to cause to move around on an axis or about a center; rotate: to turn a wheel. 2. to cause to move around or partly around, as for the purpose of opening, closing, or tightening: to turn a key; to turn the cap of a …   Universalium

  • twist — twist1 S3 [twıst] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(move)¦ 2¦(bend)¦ 3¦(wind)¦ 4¦(turn)¦ 5¦(road/river)¦ 6¦(words)¦ 7 twist your ankle/wrist/knee 8 twist and turn 9 twist somebody s arm ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1300 1400; …   Dictionary of contemporary English