rile

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From dialectical pronunciation of roil.

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rile (third-person singular simple present riles, present participle riling, simple past and past participle riled)

  1. to make angry
    • 2011 October 20, Michael da Silva, “Stoke 3 - 0 Macc Tel-Aviv”, BBC Sport:
      Riled by a decision that went against him, Ziv kicked his displaced boot at the assistant referee and, after a short consultation between the officials, he was given his marching orders and the loudest cheer of the night.
  2. to stir or move from a state of calm or order
    Money problems rile the underpaid worker every day.
    Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really rile me.
    It riles me that she never closes the door after she leaves.

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