add insult to injury


add insult to injury
add insult to injury
Fig. Cliché to make a bad situation worse; to hurt the feelings of a person who has already been hurt. •

First, the basement flooded, and then, to add insult to injury, a pipe burst in the kitchen.

My car barely started this morning, and to add insult to injury, I got a flat tire in the driveway.

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{v. phr.} 1. To hurt someone's feelings after doing him harm. * /He added insult to injury when he called the man a rat after he had already beaten him up./ 2. To make bad trouble worse. * /We started on a picnic, and first it rained, then to add insult to injury, the car broke down./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.