cut someone to the quick






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

makeshift

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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