August 23, 2006

dredge up

Posted in Idioms at 10:28 am by Feng

dredge up — mention something unpleasant from the past [dict]

On ‘Monk’, a film company decided to shoot a film for the great detective Monk. To better act out his part, the “Monk” actor carefully observed the real Monk in life, mimicking his every movement and following his every thought. Eventually he developed an illusion that he himself was Monk, and started desperately looking for the killer who murdered Trudy, Monk’s long deceased wife. This, however, all reminded Monk of the painful memories when Trudy died years ago. Monk complained to his psychiatric doctor: “This guy dredged up all my feelings.”

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