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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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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)

To be bold and brazen enough to do something. I can't believe that intern had the gall to ask for a week off on her first day. A: "I can't believe their coach had the gall to pull the goalie with so much time left." B: "Yeah, but if they tie the score, he'll look like a genius."
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unmitigated gall

cliché Complete and outrageous insolence, impudence, or effrontery. I can't believe the unmitigated gall of the governor. How dare he blame the victims of this tragic accident for what happened?
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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In the worst instances, galled screws had to be cut and carefully removed and replaced to protect against dust getting into the machine.
Abbreviation: GL- galled leaf; NGL- nongalled leaf; Ep- epidermis; PP- palisade parenchyma; SP- spongy parenchyma; SC- secretory cavity; CT- chlorophyllous tissue; LC- larval chamber; Co- cortex; Le- leaf.
For galled segments, the disc was cut so as to include the gall in the center of the disc.
Comparing non-galled leaves (NGL), non-galled portions of galled leaves (PGL), and galls (G), the nitrogen content did not vary throughout the year, except in October-December, when the contents in PGL were higher than in NGL (Table 1).
Both continuous and discontinuous variation for resistance to galling appeared among the willow clones at high midge density, as measured by number of leaves galled per shoot (Fig.
The major result of the present measurement of photosynthetic capacity is the somewhat unexpected observation that photosynthetic performance of galled and healthy tissue was rather similar.
To measure herbivore impacts on plant growth and reproduction, we compiled numbers of shoots and inflorescences per ramet by herbivory type (browsed, galled or both), and analyzed these responses using one way analysis of variance.
Data from wild plants indicated that gall abortion rates were lowest at densely galled sites such as TS2 and highest at sites with few galls such as UTB [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 3 OMITTED].
The length and width of the galled leaflets (n = 40), and the length of the galls (n = 40) were measured with the aid of a digital caliper.
We collected branchlets haphazardly, within 20 feet of ground level, from among available branchlets bearing galled leaves.
April fires eliminate Antistrophus populations (Fay and Samenus 1993), so galled shoots were removed from the site before the burn for later use establishing galls in experimental plants.
Specimens of galled plants were dried and put into a herbarium collection, where plants were identified later.
Relationships between site characteristics (soil fertility, gall species richness, proportion of complex gall species, total plant species richness, proportion of plant species galled, and myrtaceous tree species richness) were determined by Pearson correlation matrix.
Aphid species Position of source Treat- on galled (sinks) leaflets relative to ment leaflet the sinks