add insult to injury

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To further a loss with mockery or indignity; to worsen an unfavorable situation.

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  • This was derived from the fables of Phaedrus in the first century CE. The story was of a bald man who swats at a fly which has just landed on his head, but instead hits himself on the head. The fly comments, "You wished to kill me for a touch. What will you do to yourself since you have added insult to injury?" The actual wording appears in English from the middle of the 18th century.
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They told me I was too old for the job, and then to add insult to injury, they refused to pay my expenses!

Submitted by chelsea_c on December 28, 2018

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add insult to injuryTo further a loss with mockery or indignity.
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    Alex
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