Twist-the-knife meaning

(idiomatic) To deliberately do or say something to worsen a difficult situation or increase a person's distress, irritation, or anger.
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Origin of twist-the-knife

  • Derived from the fact that the act of twisting a knife that is still inside someone who has just been stabbed will widen the wound and increase the pain that is already being suffered.

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