galling


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gall \Gall\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Galled (g[add]ld); 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.
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            I am loth to gall a new-healed wound. --Shak.
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   2. To fret; to vex; as, to be galled by sarcasm.
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            They that are most galled with my folly,
            They most must laugh.                 --Shak.
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   3. To injure; to harass; to annoy; as, the troops were galled
      by the shot of the enemy.
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            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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Galling \Gall"ing\, a.
   Fitted to gall or chafe; vexing; harassing; irritating. --
   Gall"ing*ly, adv.
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