hit a nerve

hit a nerve
Hit a nerve
If something hits a nerve, it upsets someone or causes them pain, often when it is something they are trying to hide.

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  • hit a nerve — touch/strike/hit/etc a (raw) nerve phrase to say or do something that annoys or hurts someone because they are sensitive about it His comment seemed to strike a raw nerve. Thesaurus: to make someone feel a particular emotion or strong… …   Useful english dictionary

  • hit a nerve — ► touch (or hit) a (raw) nerve refer to a sensitive topic. Main Entry: ↑nerve …   English terms dictionary

  • hit a nerve —    is high and mighty, they behave in a superior    If something hits a nerve, it upsets someone or causes them pain, often when it is something they are trying to hide.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • hit a (raw) nerve — hit/touch a (raw) nerve to upset someone by talking about a particular subject. I think I hit a nerve with my comments about divorce. She suddenly looked distressed and I knew I d touched a raw nerve …   New idioms dictionary

  • nerve — 1 noun 1 FEELINGS nerves (plural) the feeling of being nervous because you are worried or a little frightened: “What s wrong?” “It s just nerves. He s got his exams tomorrow.” | be a bundle/bag of nerves informal (=be extremely worrid or… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • nerve — noun 1 in the body ADJECTIVE ▪ pinched (AmE), trapped (BrE) ▪ sensitive ▪ damaged ▪ facial, optic, sciatic …   Collocations dictionary

  • hit/strike/touch a nerve — to make someone feel angry, upset, embarrassed, etc. Something she said to him must have hit/struck/touched a nerve. I ve never seen him so angry. His controversial column might have hit a (raw/sensitive) nerve with some readers. • • • Main Entr …   Useful english dictionary

  • hit a (raw) nerve — hit/touch a (raw/sensitive) ˈnerve idiom to mention a subject that makes sb feel angry, upset, embarrassed, etc • You touched a raw nerve when you mentioned his first wife. Main entry: ↑nerveidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • hit a (sensitive) nerve — hit/touch a (raw/sensitive) ˈnerve idiom to mention a subject that makes sb feel angry, upset, embarrassed, etc • You touched a raw nerve when you mentioned his first wife. Main entry: ↑nerveidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • nerve — ► NOUN 1) a fibre or bundle of fibres in the body that transmits impulses of sensation between the brain or spinal cord and other parts of the body. 2) (nerves or one s nerve) steadiness and courage in a demanding situation: the journey tested… …   English terms dictionary

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