Slang definitions & phrases for rub someone's nose in it
rub someone's nose in it
To punish or chide with undue harshness: I screwed up that one time, and they rubbed my nose in it for years
[1940s+; fr the punishment of a puppy or kitten that has irresponsibly evacuated]
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D. Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers. Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with rub someone's nose in it
Bring something, especially an error or fault, repeatedly and forcefully to someone's attention. For example, I know I was wrong, but don't rub my nose in it. This expression alludes to the unkind practice of housebreaking a dog by rubbing its nose in its feces.