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    Idiom expressing betrayal of resentment/hurt

    Hi everyone,

    I have been trying to find an English equivalent to a Spanish expression (resollar/sangrar por la herida), which means to betray hidden resentment/hurt; the implication is that someone has been offended/hurt, they have attempted to hide their feelings, but the latter are inevitably exposed through words that betray the underlying emotions.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers

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    Re: Idiom expressing betrayal of resentment/hurt

    What's the time period? If it is at the time of the hurt/insult, etc, we can use 'put on a brave face', which has the idea of trying to cover your feelings unsuccessfully, though it doesn't have to be through words alone.


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    Re: Idiom expressing betrayal of resentment/hurt

    putting on a brave face isn't always unsuccessful, is it?

    Interesting question... It's almost like "wearing your heart on your sleeve" but instead "wearing your heart through a rip in your sleeve"

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