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Rile   /raɪl/   Listen
Rile

verb
(past & past part. riled; pres. part. riling)
1.
Cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations.  Synonyms: annoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, vex.  "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
2.
Make turbid by stirring up the sediments of.  Synonym: roil.






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"Rile" Quotes from Famous Books



... honey, you hab 'lieve yo' min', en I specs you feel bettah. You mus' des promis yo' ole mammy dat you be keerful en not rile up ole mars'r, kase hit'll ony be harder fer you. I'se ole, en I knows tings do hap'n dough dey of'un come slowlike. You des gwine troo de woods now, en kyant see fur; bimeby you come ter a clearin'. Dat boy ob mine be comin' soon fer his pone en bacon. I'se ...
— Miss Lou • E. P. Roe

... the question; break on the wheel, rack, scarify; cruciate^, crucify; convulse, agonize; barb the dart; plant a dagger in the breast, plant a thorn in one's side. irritate, provoke, sting, nettle, try the patience, pique, fret, rile, tweak the nose, chafe, gall; sting to the quick, wound to the quick, cut to the quick; aggrieve, affront, enchafe^, enrage, ruffle, sour the temper; give offense &c (resentment) 900. maltreat, bite, snap at, assail; smite &c (punish) 972. sicken, disgust, revolt, nauseate, disenchant, ...
— Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases: Body • Roget

... suppeh-time, not talkin' much, lookin' dahk. Walk light, an' don't say nuffin' rile him up, eve'ything all right. T'-morrow mawnin' come, he's outer it." Her voice rose into a minor cadence, almost a chant. "Chile, it's a dahk shadder on all de Deans—dey all mahked wid dat frown on deir foreheads, an' dey all got dahk hours come ...
— O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921 • Various

... takes considerable to rile me to the point of striking a man, especially on his own land. His wife was looking out the window, too. If we'd been out in the road or anywhere else—but what's the use? I'm glad now it turned out as it has for I've too much on my mind for lawsuits, and the less ...
— He Fell in Love with His Wife • Edward P. Roe

... sail twice round the world while you was going once; but don't rile, now, at what I say—you can't help it, you know. Come, ...
— Marmaduke Merry - A Tale of Naval Adventures in Bygone Days • William H. G. Kingston

... examining our friend's hands, if you found them rather inked than horny. Still, I shall vote for him, and say something, if not exactly in his favour, at least a few words that will puzzle our fellows and rile the Bench opposite." ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, February 18, 1893 • Various

... lot of things to rile me, and knocked me about because I wouldn't drink their stuff, and they ...
— The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's - A School Story • Talbot Baines Reed

... Glass that a thousand times," broke in the young man; "but if he wants to try and warm and light the world with a gas-stove when the sun is up I guess it's no business of mine, though it does rile me to see the power thrown away and good coal wasted. If I had the capital, ...
— Lippincott's Magazine, August, 1885 • Various

... an' butter. An' she's mighty glad ter git it. I ain't got nothin' agin her. She neber struck me a lick in her life, an' I belieb in praising de bridge dat carries me ober. Dem Yankees set me free, an' I thinks a powerful heap ob dem. But it does rile me ter see dese mean white men comin' down yere an' settin' up dere grog-shops, tryin' to fedder dere nests sellin' licker to pore culled people. Deys de bery kine ob men dat used ter keep dorgs to ketch de runaways. I'd be chokin' fer a drink 'fore ...
— Iola Leroy - Shadows Uplifted • Frances E.W. Harper

... whole city that didn't jab and nag at me when I done my best," he exclaimed, with an increasing break in his utterance. "Many a good word I've had from him when nobody in town done nothin' but laugh an' rile an' badger me about my—my bell." And Schofields' ...
— The Gentleman From Indiana • Booth Tarkington

... "'Tis her ladyship's Rile Imperial Mascot Goat," says I; "an' God save your honour for she'll have your blood in a bottle ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 152, January 10, 1917 • Various

... that an advertising solicitor is not a newspaper man. It makes me sick—I beg your pardon. But it does rile me to hear that one of these fellows has called himself a newspaper man. Of course there are honest and able men in that employment, but they are not to be classed with men whose learning, judgment and strong mental forces make ...
— The Colossus - A Novel • Opie Read



Words linked to "Rile" :   harass, chevy, antagonise, fret, displease, eat into, get, chevvy, ruffle, shake up, chivy, get under one's skin, hassle, grate, muddle, molest, provoke, raise up, stir up, antagonize, commove, agitate, plague, beset, harry, irritate, rankle, disturb, peeve, puddle, chivvy



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