(entered for 01.22.06)
Meaning: remind us of a painful past. Use examples.
Rewrite 1: reopen an old incision
Rewrite 2: dig for a bullet long ago removed
Rewrite 3: search for a cut healed long ago
Rewrite 4: remind us of a hurt already healed
Comment: Although this cliché relates to physical injuries, it can also mean psychological ones.
More reading about clichés
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