ADJ. bad, terrible one of the worst insults you can throw at somebody | ultimate Whatever you do, don't call a ‘railway enthusiast’ a trainspotter?it's the ultimate insult. | calculated, deliberate | personal
VERB + INSULT hurl, offer (literary), shout, throw They were hurling insults at the police. The king is unlikely to forgive the insult offered to his ambassador. | mean sth as I don't mean this as an insult, but I think the team would play better without you. | take sth as I meant it as a bit of constructive advice, but he took it as a personal insult | endure, suffer Foreigners have to suffer constant insults from the local population. | exchange, trade The two groups of fans exchanged insults.
INSULT + VERB fly Insults were flying back and forth.
PREP. ~ to It was an insult to his wife.
PHRASES add insult to injury Only 300 people came to the match and to add insult to injury (= to make things worse), the floodlights went out during the second half. | an insult to your intelligence The questions were a real insult to our intelligence (= because they were too easy).
ADV. publicly He was dismissed for publicly insulting prominent politicians.
PHRASES be/feel (deeply) insulted I felt deeply insulted that she hadn't asked me to the meeting.