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 for galling
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gall \Gall\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Galled (g[add]ld); p. pr. &
     vb. n. Galling.] [OE. gallen; cf. F. galer to scratch, rub,
     gale scurf, scab, G. galle a disease in horses' feet, an
     excrescence under the tongue of horses; of uncertain origin.
     Cf. Gall gallnut.]
     1. To fret and wear away by friction; to hurt or break the
        skin of by rubbing; to chafe; to injure the surface of by
        attrition; as, a saddle galls the back of a horse; to gall
        a mast or a cable.
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              I am loth to gall a new-healed wound. --Shak.
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     2. To fret; to vex; as, to be galled by sarcasm.
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              They that are most galled with my folly,
              They most must laugh.                 --Shak.
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     3. To injure; to harass; to annoy; as, the troops were galled
        by the shot of the enemy.
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              In our wars against the French of old, we used to
              gall them with our longbows, at a greater distance
              than they could shoot their arrows.   --Addison.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Galling \Gall"ing\, a.
     Fitted to gall or chafe; vexing; harassing; irritating. --
     Gall"ing*ly, adv.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: causing irritation or annoyance; "tapping an annoying
             rhythm on his glass with his fork"; "aircraft noise is
             particularly bothersome near the airport"; "found it
             galling to have to ask permission"; "an irritating
             delay"; "nettlesome paperwork"; "a pesky mosquito";
             "swarms of pestering gnats"; "a plaguey newfangled safety
             catch"; "a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him";
             "a vexatious child"; "it is vexing to have to admit you
             are wrong" [syn: annoying, bothersome, galling,
             irritating, nettlesome, pesky, pestering,
             pestiferous, plaguy, plaguey, teasing,
             vexatious, vexing]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  51 Moby Thesaurus words for "galling":
     ablative, abradant, abrasive, afflictive, aggravating, annoying,
     attritive, bothering, bothersome, chafing, distasteful, disturbing,
     erosive, exasperating, fretting, gnawing, grating, grievous,
     grinding, harassing, importunate, importune, irking, irksome,
     irritant, irritating, irritative, painful, pesky, pestering,
     pestiferous, pestilent, pestilential, plaguesome, plaguey,
     plaguing, provoking, rasping, scratchy, stinging, teasing,
     tiresome, tormenting, troublesome, troubling, unpalatable,
     vexatious, vexing, wearisome, worrisome, worrying

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