1 bitterness, acerbity, acrimony, harshness, vitriol, asperity, bile, spleen, causticness or causticity, bite, mordacity or mordaciousness, sharpness, rancidness or rancidity; venom, poison, rancour:
Once more he experienced the gall of disappointment.
2 impudence, insolence, impertinence, audacity, brashness, brazenness, sauciness, effrontery, temerity, overconfidence, front, Colloq brass, nerve, guts, cheek, lip, crust, sauce, US and Canadian chutzpah, moxie; Slang balls:
One student had the gall to suggest that he would be a better teacher than I am.
1 sore (spot), abrasion, scrape, graze, scratch, chafe:
This gall on my leg is from the saddle.
2 irritation, annoyance, nuisance, bother, exasperation, vexation, Colloq aggravation:
One has to tolerate a lot of gall in this job.
3 irritate, chafe, abrade, fret, scrape, rub, grate, scratch:
His shoe was galling his heel.
4 irritate, annoy, bother, vex, irk, exasperate, harass, harry, plague, provoke, goad, nag, pester, hector, badger, nettle, needle, ruffle, fret, anger, enrage, inflame, infuriate, incense, arouse, US rankle:
It galls me to think of all the animals killed just to make fur coats.