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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 an 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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Number of insect galls by galling insect in the Restinga of Marambaia (Barra de Guaratiba, Rio de Janeiro, RJ).
As proposed by Dreger-Jauffret & Shorthouse (1992), galling insects are unique in controlling the within-plant movement of photoassimilates and tissue morphogenesis.
In an effort to initiate ecological studies in this system, we obtained the first data on spatial distribution of a discoid galling insect (Hymenoptera) (Fig.
The plant's defensive reaction to the galling insect herbivore attacks is to isolate the toxins or activities of the invader in a tough, tumorous mass of tissue called a gall.
Two resistant Chinese PIs for MA, and the two PIs for MI with the highest level of galling resistance were evaluated for nematode reproduction (number of eggs produced on the soybean roots).
Thus, the ancestor of all galling nematines would be a Nematus-like species with free-living larvae.
Both binding and galling as a result o the problems previously discussed often produce bent ejector pins, and binding can easily lead to bent castings.
After this, we estimated gall morphotype richness and abundance, percentage of leaves attacked by galling insects, number of galls per leaf and per individual.
Relationships between four neotropical species of galling insects and shoot vigor.
1996,1997) selected for low root galling and egg mass production and of the cultivar Kenstar were germinated on wet filter paper at room temperature.
The results from the Mantel-Haenszel test [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 2 OMITTED] show that there was no difference in galling rate here between wild plants and those transplanted back to their original site, after the effects of site had been removed (Mantel-Haenszel [[Chi].
We infer that galling can greatly decrease growth and survival, especially of small plants.
Gall-midges of the family Cecidomyiidae (Diptera) are the most diverse group of galling insects (Gagne 1994, 2004, Carneiro et al.