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gall and wormwood

Strong feelings of bitterness and resentment. ("Gall" is bile and "wormwood" is a bitter plant.) Ever since I lost the election for school president, I only feel gall and wormwood when I think of my unworthy opponent.
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have the gall to do something

Fig. to have sufficient arrogance to do something. I bet you don't have the gall to argue with the mayor. Only Jane has the gall to ask the boss for a second raise this month.
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dip your pen in gall

write unpleasantly or spitefully.
Gall is another word for bile, the bitter secretion of the liver; it is used in many places in the Bible as a metaphor for bitterness or affliction. See also wormwood and gall (at wormwood).
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wormwood and gall

a source of bitter mortification and grief. literary
Gall is bile, a substance secreted by the liver and proverbial for its bitterness, while wormwood is an aromatic plant with a bitter taste. The expression originated in reference to various passages in the Bible, for example Lamentations 3:19: ‘Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall’.
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Gall is sympathetic to this error for practical and musical reasons, and his commentary for each film benefits from the scrutiny he lends the other.
Some of these are known to induce galls on young developing leaves of their hosts, and 12 of the species are recorded from various species of Ficus (Rosales: Moraceae) in the Old World tropics (Mound 1994; Tree & Walter 2009).
Guinness World Record confirmed that the record has been approved and 'The youngest person to have gallstones and gall bladder removed is Mohammad SafiUllah (Pakistan b.
Gall is unequivocal in stating that this is pure deception.
Fact: When you have your gall bladder removed, the doctor will advise you to modify your diet accordingly and avoidance of fatty meals for some months.
Dylid rhoi mwy o bosteri ar lwybrau cyhoeddus yn rhybudd o'r damweiniau y gall cwn eu hachosi i anifeiliaid.
And Gall yesterday spent his 49th birthday explaining why his protest forum could be the icing on the cake for the Killie supporters who want to see Johnston evicted from the boardroom.
Griffiths, 29, kicked Mr Gall to the chest after he fell to the floor, and chased him around his car.
Gall used a strong finishing kick to place second and Alice Schmidt moved into third place during the final few meters at the U.
We owe the presence here of the marble gall to the leather and printing trades.
Gall was a Bluebirds trainee when he was signed by Newcastle in 1997 - and they had to pay pounds 150,000 compensation for the teenager.
The event is in memory of young Birmingham City trainee footballer Liam Gall who was stabbed to death ten years ago.
A black, 2-millimeter-long wasp from East Africa is helping wage war on one of its own kind--the Erythrina gall wasp (Quadrastichus erythrinae), an invasive species that has decimated Hawaii's wiliwili and coral bean trees.
Fodd bynnag, mae miloedd o unigolion yng Nghymru yn darganfod bob blwyddyn y gall cymryd rheolaeth o'r sefyllfa a dysgu sgiliau newydd eu harwain at ddechrau newydd a dyfodol gwell.
In turn, the event coordinators led by the Dan Kenny organization President Erin Kenny, recognized the continued support of Oak Beverages by honoring the company and its staff member Gall Cianciulli.