English version

touch/hit a (raw) nerve

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtouch/hit a (raw) nervetouch/hit a (raw) nerveto mention something that makes someone upset, angry, or embarrassed, especially accidentally Without realizing, he had touched a raw nerve. nerve
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touch/hit a (raw) nerveThey also touched a nerve of public anxiety.Our article touched a raw nerve.Q: Why has that era hit a nerve with people now?The theatrical farce touches a nerve.I had finally touched a nerve.The subject of hawkers had touched a raw nerve.The charge has hit a nerve, persuading the company to earmark 265 Levantine buildings for special restoration.The wide current appeal of such music seems to touch a nerve of communal masochism.
touch/hit a raw nervetouch/hit a raw nerveUPSETto upset someone by something you say Seeing his face, Joanne realized she’d touched a raw nerve. raw
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touch/hit a raw nerveOur article touched a raw nerve.The subject of hawkers had touched a raw nerve.
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