To be deeply offended
One meaning of the word 'quick' is living flesh (as in the biblical reference to 'the quick and the dead').
Thus to cut to the quick is a metaphor for being cut very deeply/deeply hurt. For example, Sir Thomas More wrote in Utopia (1551) "Their tenants... whom they poll and shave to the quick, by raising their rents."
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