sore point, a

A sensitive or annoying issue, as in Don't mention diets to Elsie; it's a sore point with her. This idiom was first recorded as a sore place in 1690.


Nearby words

  1. sordes,
  2. sordid,
  3. sordidly,
  4. sordino,
  5. sore,
  6. sore shin,
  7. sore throat,
  8. soredial,
  9. sorediate,
  10. soredium

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