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Twist in the knife

DEFINITION

Accelerate the pain, physically, emotionally or financially. Remorseless behavior. Purposefully and painfully hurt someone emotionally or mentally. Imagine stabbing someone, then you twist the knife to inflict further pain, a sign of deep-held hatred. (Compare To top it off.)

“My wife not only left me but twisted the knife more by saying she was going to move in with my best friend.”

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