cut someone to the quick
cause someone deep distress by a hurtful remark or action.
Quick means an area of flesh that is well supplied with nerves and therefore very sensitive to touch or injury.
Related Idioms and Phrases :
be quick off the mark
be fast (or slow) in responding to a situation or understanding something.
The mark here is the line or marker from which a competitor starts a race, as is also the case in get off the mark
and on your marks
quick and dirty
done or produced hastily – informal - chiefly US
quick as a flash
(especially of a person's response or reaction) happening or made very quickly
quick on the draw
very fast in acting or reacting
The draw is the action of taking a pistol or other weapon from its holster.
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