wormwood and gall

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.
See also: and, gall, wormwood

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’.
See also: and, gall, wormwood
References in periodicals archive ?
I still remember the hospitality lunch turning to wormwood and gall on my taste buds as I realised after two furlongs that my horse had no rider.
For Drabinsky, it must be wormwood and gall to watch projects that he has nurtured from the cradle go on without him.