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rub it in (or rub someone's nose in something)

Definition of rub it in or rub someone's nose in something in English:

informal Emphatically draw someone’s attention to an embarrassing fact or mistake: they don’t just beat you, they rub it in
More example sentences
  • Aren't you going to be happy unless you're rubbing my nose in the fact I got caught?
  • He has won the argument, but there is no point in rubbing his opponent's nose in it.
  • ‘I hate to rub your nose in it, but it is beautiful sunshine here in Athens,’ he joked.
emphasize, stress, underline, highlight;
keep going on about, harp on, dwell on, make an issue of
informalrub someone's nose in it
See parent entry: rub

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