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painful memory

This page is about the collocation painful memory

collocation pattern: adjective + noun

Meaning

a memory that's upsetting or disturbing

For example

  • Grandpa doesn't talk about the war. It brings back too many painful memories.

  • Most of my memories of that time are good, but I also have some painful ones.

Quick Quiz

If a photo brings back painful memories, most people

a. won't look at it often

b. will look at it every day

c. will show it to everyone

Contributor: Matt Errey