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In a work I am writing, two characters are having a discussion that becomes quite heated. The man makes an observation about the woman that is less than flattering and then while she's still recovering, frames it another way, as if to drive the point in further.

I wonder if there is another expression or phrase or analogy that describes this better. Thanks for your suggestions.

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harp away at (someone or something) or harp on TFD idioms

To complain about or dwell upon someone or something repeatedly and to the point of tediousness.

As in:

The man makes an observation about the woman that is less than flattering, then harps on with further derogatory comments.

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  • Yes, this is definitely a suitable alternative.
    – ghulseman
    Apr 7, 2019 at 2:15
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“Add insult to injury”—commonly defined as making a bad situation worse.

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  • please provide a source
    – JJJ
    Apr 6, 2019 at 10:44
  • And please explain how this addresses the Q.. To me, “Add insult to injury” is completely different from "belaboring a point".
    – TrevorD
    Apr 6, 2019 at 17:15

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