One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Cause someone deep distress by a hurtful remark or action.
hurt, hurt the feelings of, scar, damage, harm, injure, insult, slight, offend, give offence to, affront, distress, disturb, upset, make miserable, trouble, discomfortView synonyms
- ‘His words cut her to the quick, but this time she knew exactly why.’
- ‘Gleason's flamboyancy would have cut Buk to the quick.’
- ‘Many of Billington's criticisms have clearly cut Nunn to the quick.’
- ‘If there was one thing Joe Cartwright couldn't take it was being ignored, and if the townspeople had set out to cut him to the quick then they had certainly done a good job of it.’
- ‘I was about to open my mouth to say something but he cut me to the quick.’
- ‘The mocking tone was slight, but it cut Maple to the quick.’
- ‘She brushes past him, her heart pounding with the effort it took to keep from blurting out something about Daphne that would really cut him to the quick.’
- ‘But when she opened The Independent the other day, she was cut to the quick.’
- ‘Hearing the answer either way would likely cut him to the quick.’
- ‘‘I understand,’ Jack tried, but this girl cut him to the quick.’
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