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verb
Rile  v. t.  (past & past part. riled; pres. part. riling)  
1.
To render turbid or muddy; to stir up; to roil.
2.
To stir up in feelings; to make angry; to vex. Note: In both senses provincial in England and colloquial in the United States.






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"Rile" Quotes from Famous Books



... Oneguine could not now submit, For long he had endured them all. Our misanthrope was full of ire, At a great feast against desire, And marking Tania's agitation, Cast down his eyes in trepidation And sulked in silent indignation; Swearing how Lenski he would rile, Avenge himself in proper style. Triumphant by anticipation, Caricatures he now designed Of all the guests ...
— Eugene Oneguine [Onegin] - A Romance of Russian Life in Verse • Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin

... main room, where the tickers and blackboards were. As I approached through my outer office I could hear the noise the crowd was making—as they cursed me. If you want to rile the very inmost soul of the average human being, don't take his reputation or his wife; just cause him to lose money. There were among my customers many with the true, even-tenored sporting instinct. These were bearing their ...
— Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905 • Various

... she'd 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, take a cigar—they're ...
— Marmaduke Merry - A Tale of Naval Adventures in Bygone Days • William H. G. Kingston

... Likewise, she saw the sort of man he was and the kind of life he lived. At last he got rough and cruel to her, trying every way to break her spirit; and even the baby didn't stop him—it made him worse, if anything—till he swore he'd make them both the kind he was, for her goodness seemed to rile and goad him; and, having lived with the kind of woman you have to beat, he tried it on her. Then she knew her fight was hopeless, and she ...
— The Barrier • Rex Beach

... majesty," said the empress, coldly. "I do not think it praiseworthy for a child of his age to look forward with complacency to the day when his mother's death will confer upon him a throne. To rile it would seem more natural if Joseph thought more of his present duties and ...
— Joseph II. and His Court • L. Muhlbach

... warden. "I'm that friendly with folks I don't wanter rile nobody. Look here, friend, you an' me ...
— A Young Man in a Hurry - and Other Short Stories • Robert W. Chambers

... Uncle Phil. He won't listen to me. He just gets mad and swings off in the other direction. I don't handle him right. Haven't your patience and tact. I wonder if he ever will get any sense into his head. He is the best hearted kid in the world, and I'm crazy over him, but he does rile me to the limit with his fifty-seven varieties ...
— Wild Wings - A Romance of Youth • Margaret Rebecca Piper

... the prince, "but I sloped off quietly, seedy as I was, took the train and came away. Aha, brother Senka, you'll have to open your gates and let me in, my boy! I know he told tales about me to my father—I know that well enough but I certainly did rile my father about Nastasia Philipovna that's very sure, and that was my ...
— The Idiot • (AKA Feodor Dostoevsky) Fyodor Dostoyevsky

... sneer instantly. His alarm voiced itself in a wheedling apology. "I didn't go for to rile you, Homer. O' course you cayn't do that. We got to stick together. The Indians is one reason. An' there's another. No need for me to tell ...
— Oh, You Tex! • William Macleod Raine

... I am not an Eden, and these fellows rile me when I think of the good they might do, and they do nothing but force hypocrisy upon men who were bad enough without that. I allow a certain latitude; don't want to swim in hot water by quarreling with every madman ...
— It Is Never Too Late to Mend • Charles Reade

... get enough of the hangman's knot and the sandbag? Want more, eh? Well, if I wasn't so darned comfortable I'd come over there and give it to you. Now don't rile me!" ...
— Truxton King - A Story of Graustark • George Barr McCutcheon

... been accumulating. I'm a very easy-going person, you know; but I've been noticing that whenever I want Karen, Madame von Marwitz always nips in and cuts me out, so that I have hardly seen her at all since her guardian came to London. And then it did rather rile me, I confess, to find that the one hat in Karen's trousseau that I specially chose for her is the one—the only one—that Madame von Marwitz objects to. Karen never wears it now. She certainly behaved very absurdly to-night, Gregory. I suppose she expected us to sit round ...
— Tante • Anne Douglas Sedgwick



Words linked to "Rile" :   antagonise, commove, nettle, irritate, get, devil, rag, plague, muddle, puddle, chivvy, gravel, annoy, chevvy, get at, ruffle, molest, beset, chevy, raise up, harass, get under one's skin, grate, hassle, eat into



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