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add insult to injury

This page is about the idiom add insult to injury


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

a. they were small mistakes

b. she worked very slowly

c. her work was excellent
a) they were small mistakes b) she worked very slowly c) her work was excellent
add insult to injury

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Contributor: Matt Errey