Definition of rub salt into the (or someone's) wound in US English:

rub salt into the (or someone's) wound


  • Make a painful experience even more painful for someone.

    • ‘Maidenhead rubbed salt into the wound, leap-frogging Carshalton after winning their third consecutive game.’
    • ‘The shot went wide and Michael O'Leary rubbed salt into the wound by doubling his sides advantage almost immediately.’
    • ‘He's done it a thousand times and you come off second best, looking for somewhere to crawl to while he rubs salt into the wound and others in the audience roll about laughing at your discomfort.’
    • ‘Just to rub salt into the wound, the Judge also ordered that the mother can only visit the children if supervised by a court appointed representative, and that the cost of this would be over $1, 000 a day to the mother.’
    • ‘Unions today accused cash-strapped Southampton hospital bosses of rubbing salt into the wound after advertising for a new personnel director - with a salary of up to £95,000.’
    • ‘Bereavement always enhances associational sensitivity and by doing so rubs salt into the wound.’
    • ‘Hughes rubbed salt into the wound for North End by scoring the resulting penalty.’
    • ‘The programme is terminated after six months and to rub salt into the wound these interns are then not considered when the positions are available.’
    • ‘To rub salt into the wound the referee blew the final whistle as Ilkley kicked-off.’
    • ‘Flutey's kicking nightmare continued as he fluffed the conversion and Hodgson slotted another three points on the stroke of half-time to rub salt into the wound.’