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gall

noun [U] uk   /ɡɔːl/ us    /ɡɑːl/
rudeness and the quality of being unable to understand that your behaviour or what you say is not acceptable to other people: [+ to infinitive] Considering that he never even bothers to visit my parents I'm amazed that Tim has the gall to ask them for money!

gall

verb [T] uk   /ɡɔːl/ us    /ɡɑːl/
to make someone feel annoyed: I think it galls him to take orders from a younger and less experienced colleague.
Translations of “gall”
in Spanish bilis, hiel, atrevimiento…
in French bile, effronterie…
in German die Galle, die Frechheit…
in Chinese (Traditional) 魯莽, 厚顔無恥…
in Chinese (Simplified) 鲁莽, 厚颜无耻…
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