- 1Bold and impudent behaviour: the bank had the gall to demand a feeMore example sentences
impudence, insolence, impertinence, cheek, cheekiness, nerve, audacity, brazenness, effrontery, temerity, presumption, presumptuousness, brashness, shamelessness, pertness, boldness; bad manners, rudeness, impolitenessScottish • informal snash• informal , • dated hideBritish • informal , • dated crust• rare malapertness, procacity, assumption
- I can't believe we have such ungrateful whiners in this place that have the hide and gall to call themselves Aussies.
- I have been in politics a while - not long enough, obviously - but I have been in politics a while and I have seen some examples of impertinence, cheek, and gall, but that last speech beats them all.
- What a hat full of horsefeathers; what a hoary hunk of chutzpah; what a grotesque, galloping glob of gall this guy is!
- 2The contents of the gall bladder; bile (proverbial for its bitterness).More example sentences
- In central Ontario, eight species of parasitoids and a Periclistus inquiline are associated with this gall.
- And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, They gave Him Vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when He had tasted thereof, He would not drink.
- The result of Raychel's beating is directly carried over to the Roman soldier forcing Jesus to drink gall.
- 2.1 [count noun] An animal’s gall bladder: the trade in animal parts such as bear gallsMore example sentences
- They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
- Whoever killed Russell's bears was not out poaching gall, Pavel believed.
- Dried and sold as an aphrodisiac and cure-all in Asia, Russia, and North America, bear gall has long been treasure for poachers.
- 2.2Used to refer to something bitter or cruel: accept life’s gall without blaming somebody elseMore example sentences
- It's always a bit crushing when you lose something that was yours but there is a special bitter gall when that thing is logging your progress in a 10,000 a day stepathon.
- How quickly I fall back to my evil ways when I force You to drink the bitter gall of mankind's sin - instead of refreshing water that will temporarily soothe Your thirsty and battered body.
Old English gealla (denoting bile), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gal, German Galle 'gall', from an Indo-European root shared by Greek kholē and Latin fel 'bile'.
- 1 [mass noun] Annoyance or resentment: he imagined Linda’s gall as she found herself still married and not richMore example sentences
irritation, irritant, annoyance, vexation, pest, nuisance, provocation, bother, torment, plague, source of vexation, source of irritation, source of annoyance, thorn in one's side/fleshNorth American • informal pain in the butt, nudnik, burr under someone's saddleAustralian/New Zealand • informal nark
- Learning that his quarry had given him a slip a glowering devil seemed to rage within the king's heart, raising dark and savage gall.
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- 1Make (someone) feel annoyed or resentful: it galled him to have to sit impotently in silenceMore example sentences
irritate, annoy, vex, make angry, make cross, anger, exasperate, irk, pique, put out, displease, get/put someone's back up, antagonize, get on someone's nerves, rub up the wrong way, ruffle, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, raise someone's hackles; infuriate, madden, drive to distraction, goad, provoke• informal aggravate, peeve, hassle, miff, rile, nettle, needle, get, get to, bug, hack off, get under someone's skin, get in someone's hair, get up someone's nose, put someone's nose out of joint, get someone's goat, rattle someone's cage, get someone's dander up, drive mad/crazy, drive round the bend/twist, drive up the wall, make someone see red• informal , • dated give someone the pip• rare exacerbate, hump, rasp
- It galls me that some people are trying to take full credit for the new hospital now.
- Yes indeed, and clearly that's galling the people who are holding those three Italian hostages, originally four.
- What is galling most people about the situation is that it was instigated by our own Minister who seems to be blaming everyone from his own Fisheries Officers, Europe and fishermen's so called lack of flexibility.
Old English gealle 'sore on a horse', perhaps related to gall1; superseded in Middle English by forms from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch.
- 1An abnormal growth formed in response to the presence of insect larvae, mites, or fungi on plants and trees, especially oaks: a single grub feeds on its gall for two years before emerging the witch hazel had developed leaf gallsMore example sentences
- In early spring, these aphids form pouch-shaped galls on the hybrids' leaves; living and breeding within the galls, the insects feed on the trees' nutritious sap stream.
- Herbivorous attack was estimated by the number of attacked leaves and percentage of leaf area damaged, while gall-forming insect attacks were estimated from the number of leaves with galls and number of galls per individual plant.
- The midge is an ephemeral 2-3 mm insect whose larva induces a gall on young unfurled S. viminalis leaves.
- 1.1 [as modifier] Denoting insects or mites that produce galls: gall fliesMore example sentences
- I chose gall insects, made drawings and sent in specimens with my essay.
- However, this parasitoid was completely absent from all sampled gall beetle populations.
- To combat it, agricultural agencies began to introduce gall flies of the genus Urophoro in the 1970s.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin galla.