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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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dip (one's) pen in gall

To write something that conveys one's animosity, anger, or malice. The critic must have dipped his pen in gall before writing that very negative review.
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wormwood and gall

Bitterness, resentment, disappointment, or humiliation; a figurative source of such feelings. Let me tell you, the life of a book publisher is full of wormwood and gall these days. My aunt relished cruel, embittered opinions on people and the world, seeming to prefer feasting on wormwood and gall than the many joys life brings.
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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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unmitigated gall

Absolute impudence, out-and-out effrontery. The use of gall, which strictly speaking means the liver’s secretion, or bile, and its extension to bitterness of any kind, dates from about a.d. 1000. In late nineteenth-century America, however, it began to be used in the sense of “nerve” or “brazenness.” Its frequent pairing with unmitigated, meaning “unmodified” or “intense,” occurred in the twentieth century.
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Fact: Laparoscopic surgery now requires only 3-4 small cuts in the abdomen and the surgeon can remove the gall bladder through a narrow cannula.
Keywords: Risk factors, Empyema gall bladder, Gangrene of gall bladder, Complicated acute cholecystitis, Male gender, Gall bladder wall thickness.
Why a gall former can be a good biological control agent: the gall wasp Trichilogaster acaciaelongifoliae and the weed Acacia longifolia.
Galls were divided in three stages of development based on the average of height versus diameter and the presence of the gall inducer.
There are a number of insects associated with mango which includes mango mealy bug, fruit flies, mango hoppers and gall inducing insects, causing immature falling of fruits by depriving the plants' vital nutrients (Karar et al.
He admitted that he followed Mr Gall in his car for five to six miles after the assault, but said this was to apologise to him.
It was such a close pack with the second group," Gall said.
Results: Twenty eight patients of empyema gall bladder underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
However, the most common site of the ectopic liver is gall bladder.
Key Words: Histopathology, Cholecystitis, Carcinoma gall bladder
A total of 31 insect gall morphotypes and two flower damages were found in 16 families, 22 genera and 24 plant species in this inventory (Figures 2-37).
Jeff Davidson, UFC's medical consultant, told Iole that Silva may need to go under the knife for a possible gall bladder surgery.