1 a sore on the skin caused by chafing
2 something that causes vexation or annoyance
a gall to the spirits
3 irritation; exasperation
4 (Pathol) to abrade (the skin, etc.) as by rubbing
5 tr to irritate or annoy; vex
(C14: of Germanic origin; related to Old English gealla sore on a horse, and perhaps to gall1)
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