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galling


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gall  \Gall\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Galled};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Galling}.]  [OE.  gallen;  cf  F.  galer  to  scratch,  rub,  gale 
  scurf,  scab,  G.  galle  a  disease  in  horses'  feet,  an 
  excrescence  under  the  tongue  of  horses;  of  uncertain  origin. 
  Cf  {Gall}  gallnut.] 
  1.  To  fret  and  wear  away  by  friction;  to  hurt  or  break  the 
  skin  of  by  rubbing;  to  chafe;  to  injure  the  surface  of  by 
  attrition;  as  a  saddle  galls  the  back  of  a  horse;  to  gall 
  a  mast  or  a  cable. 
 
  I  am  loth  to  gall  a  new-healed  wound.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  fret;  to  vex;  as  to  be  galled  by  sarcasm. 
 
  They  that  are  most  galled  with  my  folly,  They  most 
  must  laugh.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  To  injure;  to  harass;  to  annoy;  as  the  troops  were  galled 
  by  the  shot  of  the  enemy. 
 
  In  our  wars  against  the  French  of  old  we  used  to 
  gall  them  with  our  longbows,  at  a  greater  distance 
  than  they  could  shoot  their  arrows.  --Addison. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Galling  \Gall"ing\,  a. 
  Fitted  to  gall  or  chafe;  vexing;  harassing;  irritating.  -- 
  {Gall"ing*ly},  adv 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  galling 
  adj  :  causing  irritation  or  annoyance;  "tapping  an  annoying  rhythm 
  on  his  glass  with  his  fork";  "aircraft  noise  is 
  particularly  bothersome  near  the  airport";  "found  it 
  galling  to  have  to  ask  permission";  "an  irritating 
  delay";  "nettlesome  paperwork";  "a  pesky  mosquito"; 
  "swarms  of  pestering  gnats";  "a  plaguey  newfangled 
  safety  catch";  "a  teasing  and  persistent  thought 
  annoyed  him";  "a  vexatious  child";  "it  is  vexing  to 
  have  to  admit  you  are  wrong"  [syn:  {annoying},  {bothersome}, 
  {irritating},  {nettlesome},  {pesky},  {pestering},  {pestiferous}, 
  {plaguy},  {plaguey},  {teasing},  {vexatious},  {vexing}] 




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