painful reminder

This page is about the collocation painful reminder

collocation pattern: adjective + noun


If something's a painful reminder, it reminds you of something you find upsetting or disturbing.

For example

  • The match must have been a painful reminder of her loss in last year's final.

  • Harry said the movie was a painful reminder of how little he's achieved in his life.

Quick Quiz

For Jenny, the photo was a painful reminder of

a. how happy she is these days

b. how happy she'll be soon

c. how happy she used to be

Contributor: Matt Errey