I'm new here so I hope I am doing this right.

I heard a phrasal verb (or an idiom, not sure) months ago, but I can't remember what it was and it's driving me crazy. Worse thing is I can't even remember how to say that thing in my own language so I can't look it up.

It was used in a context where two people had a disagreement about something. After their argument, they both cooled down somehow, but a third party brought up the unpleasant topic unintentionally. Then he sensed the tension between the two and asked "oh, did I .....?"

What could this phrasal verb/idiom be? I am sure it was not "the elephant in the room".

Thank you all in advance! B

  • I'd say, "Oh, did I step in something?"
    – gotube
    Commented Sep 16, 2021 at 7:33
  • Thanks! The one I heard was touch a nerve though :)
    – nouyeah
    Commented Sep 16, 2021 at 10:25

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Some options are:

  • "Stir up trouble"
  • "Stir something up"
  • "Touch a nerve"
  • "Open old wounds"
  • It was touch a nerve! Thanks a lot :)
    – nouyeah
    Commented Sep 16, 2021 at 10:26

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