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Definition impertinence or impudence (rude and bold)

Less commonly today, but commonly in classic literature, gall may refer to a feeling of deep bitterness, anger, or frustration as in "nothing is more galling than..."  It also has a specialized meaning referencing a swollen part of a tree, or a skin sore that is caused by rubbing. Finally, gall can reference bile.
  • She had the gall to ask for a raise.
gall = impertinence or impudence (rude and bold)
  • all the greed and all the gall Is boiled away for once and all.
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • gall = impertinence or impudence (rude and bold)
  • And raise the level of the gall of yesterday Within the cup, by adding to it today's yearning.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • MORE My Master had easel and gall, not wine, given him to drink.
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • But now I am going to sharpen my pen till they can feel its point; I shall dip it in venom and gall; I shall hurl my inkpot at their heads!
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • Things like "how dare you," "appalling nerve," and "unspeakable gall.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Lucas actually had the gall to laugh.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • It just galled her to think they'd been beaten by a human.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • A' has a little gall'd me, I confess; And, as the jest did glance away from me, 'tis ten to one it maim'd you two outright.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • Their hope was to push the galling foes away from the fence.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • 'No matter how galling his wife's conduct, it never seemed to touch him.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • 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
  • A few minutes later Makalu Gall appeared, having been dragged down the glacier on a piece of plastic by a half-dozen Sherpas.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Poles, sharpen'd in the flames, from high they throw, With imitated darts, to gall the foe.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • That particularly galled me, because it implied the immortality of those left behind: You will live forever in my memory, because I will live forever!
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Paco has the gall to pat me on the shoulder.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • The way she said it still galled him, and absently tapping his pen against his notebook, Jeremy shook his head.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • "It's galling," he told me in the winter of 2002.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • He does not lack for gall, this Frog.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • After Grandpa went back to work just before Christmas, Aunt Loma had the gall to go ask him herself to raise Camp's pay.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree

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