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I defy or gall,
by house or by wall.

Hint

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Is it

Spite?

I defy or gall

To spite means to go against someone's command or wishes with the intent to annoy or inconvenience them, and is often performed with gall.

by house or by wall

A spite house or wall is constructed for the simple purpose of annoying the neighbors or city members (Thanks to @Rubio)

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  • $\begingroup$ The second line is where the knowledge tag comes in. Maybe try looking to see if there's a combination of your proposed answer with the things in the second line that make sense. $\endgroup$ – JProblems Jun 6 at 20:43
  • $\begingroup$ @JProblems is this what you were thinking of? $\endgroup$ – Bewilderer Jun 6 at 23:40
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    $\begingroup$ @Bewilderer this may help ... $\endgroup$ – Rubio Jun 6 at 23:48
  • $\begingroup$ @Bewilderer not quite, Rubio's got the missing piece in his link. $\endgroup$ – JProblems Jun 7 at 0:21

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