Definition of touch or hit or strike a nerve or a raw nerve in English:
Provoke a reaction by referring to a sensitive topic: there are signs that some comments strike a raw nerve
More example sentences
- You've touched a nerve with this topic and it smarts.
- When discussions about ‘vision’ spiral out from the rarefied policy circles of Washington into the editorial pages of mainstream newspapers, you know that topic has hit a nerve.
- Boutin's comments touched a nerve that was already close to the surface, and my observations are directed towards a greater cultural issue.