Open old sores meaning

What does the saying 'Open old sores' mean?

Idiom: Open old sores

Meaning: When a sore is almost healed, and if a person rips or tears it open, it is way of preventing the healing process and further aggravating the pain. This phrase, metaphorically suggests, to revive or reopen a quarrel or enmity which was almost forgotten.

Country: International English | Subject Area: General | Usage Type: Both or All Words Used
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