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gall
as in:  had the gall to


She had the gall to ask for a raise.
  impertinence or impudence (rude and bold)
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  • She had the gall to ask for a raise.
  • all the greed and all the gall Is boiled away for once and all.
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • Or will I slip into endless darkness, unbroken and quiet’ Uneasiness latches onto mc, like it’s been waiting around a corner all this time and only now has the gall to emerge.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Fresh kills, where the whole carcass was available for examination, were hard to come by; but on a number of occasions I reached a deer almost as soon as the wolves had killed it and, with inexcusable gall, shooed the wolves away.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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  • It galled me, not being able to recall its real name, as I had read it in Rhetoric and Logic just a few days ago.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • "After everything that I’ve done for you," continued Adri, "everything we’ve sacrificed, you have the gall to steal from me."
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Will laughed, which I thought took a great deal of gall.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • It galled Miri to see that, because even if it wasn’t exciting to read, it was still a lot of work.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • If anyone had the gall to ask why the door had been locked, Jackson would respond that it hadn’t been locked; the students had simply been unable to open it.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • At the end, our leaders, Sarah Hill and Troy and Maila Gall, lead us in a short Bible study, usually about what Jesus said or did.
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer

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  • That would gall me.
    Kaye Gibbons  --  Ellen Foster
  • A Louisiana cavalryman believed that a Yankee triumph would be "more galling in its tyranny than the darkest horror under which Ireland or Poland has ever groaned," and a Mississippi officer feared it would mean descent "to a depth of degredation immeasurably below that of the Helots of Greece."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Nor does it mean that the ears of a New Yorker might not have been burned at McGuire’s epithet; but such words are the common coin of the streets and of taxi drivers, and most New York denizens would have swallowed their gall and likewise kept their mouths shut.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Lucas actually had the gall to laugh.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • He even has the gall to smile at me.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Paco has the gall to pat me on the shoulder.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • The forced inaction of their position seemed to gall him more than the others.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • What made it more galling was that Pete’s reputation was part myth.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • And Peeta had the gall to talk to me about disgrace?
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Not the galling kind that draws frogs out to croak, but an indecisive drizzle that had come and gone all morning.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • The infernal gall of offering you that kind of work!
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The chain that bound her here was of iron links, and galling to her inmost soul, but could never be broken.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • But she had the gall to ask if me and some a my maid friends might want a put down on paper what it’s like to tend for white people.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • They were as bitter as gall, but he chewed them anyway, spit them out, and got others.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Five minutes after, it was down; and we sailed under mizzen-tops’ls and to’gall’nt sails.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Fache was in utter incomprehension of this woman’s gall.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Still, somehow this line of thought wasn’t as consoling as it should have been; the idea of all those years of life in hand was a galling reminder!
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • The mildness of my nature had fled, and all within me was turned to gall and bitterness.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • How droll the stains one sees on fine-laced doublets, From gall of envy, or the poltroon’s drivel!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • He was fully as uncomfortable as he looked; for there was a restraint about whole clothes and cleanliness that galled him.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • The sight of a large group of Latino men taking over a public space as if it were their own—to play a foreign-seeming game, no less—seemed to gall those Americans who were growing fed up with immigration, legal or otherwise.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Their hope was to push the galling foes away from the fence.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Telemakhos had the gall to make that crossing, though we said he could not.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • These sentences, to sugar or to gall, Being strong on both sides, are equivocal: But words are words; I never yet did hear That the bruis’d heart was pierced through the ear.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • It just galled her to think they’d been beaten by a human.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Beside it sat a bower woven out of willow and dogwood and hung with flameless lanterns disguised as galls.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Her heavy knives of defense against misery, regret, gall and hurt, she placed one by one on a bank where dear water rushed on below.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • Boris began, wishing to sting her; but at that instant the galling thought occurred to him that he might have to leave Moscow without having accomplished his aim, and have vainly wasted his efforts—which was a thing he never allowed to happen.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The ink is made by mixing eight ounces of gum arabic, five and a half ounces of gall, four ounces of iron sulfate, two and a half ounces of logwood, and half an ounce of copper sulfate.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • He weighed a hundred and fifty pounds, a galling ten pounds more than I did, which flowed from his legs to torso around shoulders to arms and full strong neck in an uninterrupted, unemphatic unity of strength.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • I will withdraw: but this intrusion shall, Now seeming sweet, convert to bitter gall.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • And there you see the distinction between our feelings: had he been in my place, and I in his, though I hated him with a hatred that turned my life to gall, I never would have raised a hand against him.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • I’d have nightmares thinking they were being ridden with saddle galls and not groomed properly.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Come to my woman’s breasts, And take my milk for gall, your murdering ministers, Wherever in your sightless substances You wait on nature’s mischief!
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • GUARD I gall thine ears—this miscreant thy mind.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • I leave the gall and go for the sweet fruits promised me by my veracious Leader; but far as the centre needs must I first descend.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • I went below and did what I could for my wound; it pained me a good deal and still bled freely, but it was neither deep nor dangerous, nor did it greatly gall me when I used my arm.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Sitting in the house was galling.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • How could a man like Dov Baer have the gall to fool other people into thinking that he could look into their hearts and tell them what they were really like inside?
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • But it wouldn’t come up, only a bitter spurt of gall filled my mouth and splattered the old folk’s possessions.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
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Associated words [difficulty]:   gall [2] , gallbladder [7]
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