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2 hard to accept or bear especially emotionally
  • losing in the last round of play-offs was galling to our home team

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present participle of gall

Synonyms & Antonyms of galling (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to damage or diminish by continued friction
  • move that rope so the sharp edge of the hull doesn't gall it

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3 to make sore by continued rubbing
  • tie your shoes so they don't gall your heels sliding on and off like that

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The first known use of galling was in 1583

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“Galling.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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easily led, controlled, or managed

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