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add insult to injury

Meaning: Someone adds insult to injury if they say or do something to upset you a second time, after you've already been upset somehow.

For example:

  • He said my clothes didn't suit me, and then to add insult to injury he said I needed to lose some weight!

  • The bank took back my car, and then added insult to injury by cancelling my credit cards!

Quick Quiz:

After saying Beverly made too many mistakes, Bob added insult to injury by saying
  1. they were small mistakes
  2. she worked very slowly
  3. her work was excellent

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