Definition of kick someone when they are down in English:

kick someone when they are down


  • Cause further misfortune to someone who is already in a difficult situation.

    ‘he did not believe in the doctrine that you did not kick a man when he was down’
    • ‘And there is no honor in kicking somebody when they are down.’
    • ‘It's not fair to kick someone when they are down when nothing is proven.’
    • ‘Talk about kicking someone when they are down.’
    • ‘Instead of kicking them when they are down they should be extending a helping hand to the unemployed people.’
    • ‘It's very easy to kick someone when they're down, but if I start the season well, then the British tabloids will get behind me, because that's what sells papers’
    • ‘In most cases, I hate seeing the press kick somebody when they're down.’
    • ‘There's an understandable reluctance to kick a man when he's down, and most commentators have found something nice to say about the fallen leader.’