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twist (or turn) the knife (in the wound)

Definition of twist or turn the knife in the wound in English:

Deliberately make someone’s sufferings worse.
Example sentences
  • However the mother of the murdered 15-year-old said the confession merely twisted the knife as Campbell still refused to say what he had done with her daughter's body.
  • If the illegality of their actions damaged Taylor's reputation, Levein twisted the knife by claiming that the chief executive acted ‘like a headmaster’ when the two met.
  • In Sri Lanka, which lost some 30,000 citizens, nature twisted the knife as torrential rains flooded refugee camps.
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