sore subject


sore subject
sensitive topic, painful topic

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • (a) sore subject — a sore point/spot/subject/ phrase something that makes you upset, angry, or embarrassed when someone mentions it Don’t mention her divorce – it’s a bit of a sore point. Thesaurus: miscellaneous bad thingshyponym disappointments …   Useful english dictionary

  • sore´ness — sore «sr, sohr», adjective, sor|er, sor|est, noun, adverb. –adj. 1. causing sharp or continuous pain; painful; aching; smarting; tender: » …   Useful english dictionary

  • sore´ly — sore «sr, sohr», adjective, sor|er, sor|est, noun, adverb. –adj. 1. causing sharp or continuous pain; painful; aching; smarting; tender: » …   Useful english dictionary

  • sore — /sɔ / (say saw) adjective (sorer, sorest) 1. physically painful or sensitive, as a wound, hurt, diseased part, etc. 2. suffering bodily pain from wounds, bruises, etc., as a person. 3. suffering mental pain; grieved, distressed, or sorrowful: to… …   Australian English dictionary

  • sore — soreness, n. /sawr, sohr/, adj., sorer, sorest, n., adv. adj. 1. physically painful or sensitive, as a wound, hurt, or diseased part: a sore arm. 2. suffering bodily pain from wounds, bruises, etc., as a person: He is sore because of all that… …   Universalium

  • sore — I. adjective (sorer; sorest) Etymology: Middle English sor, from Old English sār; akin to Old High German sēr sore and probably to Old Irish saeth distress Date: before 12th century 1. a. causing pain or distress < a sore subject > b. painfully… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sore — [[t]sɔr, soʊr[/t]] adj. sor•er, sor•est, n. adv. 1) pat physically painful or sensitive, as a wound or diseased part: a sore arm[/ex] 2) pat suffering bodily pain from wounds, bruises, etc 3) pat psi suffering mental pain; grieved or distressed:… …   From formal English to slang

  • sore point — noun A subject about which someone feels touchy, angry or aggrieved • • • Main Entry: ↑sore * * * a subject or issue about which someone feels distressed or annoyed the glamorous image of their paramilitary rivals was always a sore point with the …   Useful english dictionary

  • sore\ point — • sore spot • sore point noun A weak or sensitive part; a subject or thing about which someone becomes angry or upset easily. Don t ask Uncle John why his business failed; it s a sore spot with him. Compare: where the shoe pinches …   Словарь американских идиом

  • sore\ spot — • sore spot • sore point noun A weak or sensitive part; a subject or thing about which someone becomes angry or upset easily. Don t ask Uncle John why his business failed; it s a sore spot with him. Compare: where the shoe pinches …   Словарь американских идиом


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