Green’s Dictionary of Slang

sore adj.1

[mid-19C+] (mainly US) angry, irritated.

In phrases

sore as...

[20C+] (orig. Aus.) very angry, annoyed, in various comparative phrs., incl. sore as a boil, …boiled owl, …gum boil, …pup, sore as sox, sorer than a mashed thumb.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

soreback (n.) [the supposed hospitality of Virginians, an attitude that is underlined by their constantly slapping one another’s backs in camaraderie]

[20C+] (US) a native of Virginia.

sore-foot (n.)

[20C+] (W.I.) any unsightly, continually bandaged sore, irrespective of its position on the body.

sorefoot (n.)

[1990s+] a derog. term for an British Asian.

sore hand (n.) [resemblance to a cut hand]

[1980s+] (Ulster) a very thick sandwich of bread and jam.

sore leg (n.) [the supposed resemblance] [late 19C]

1. a sausage.

2. plum pudding.

sore piece (n.) [SE piece, a person]

[20C+] (Ulster) a troublesome person.

sore-rump (n.)

[1900s] (US milit.) a cavalryman.

In phrases

dressed up like a sore finger/thumb/toe (adj.)

see under dressed adj.

have a sore eye (v.) [one’s eyes weep with laughter]

[mid-19C] (US Und.) to have a good time.

stick out like a sore thumb (v.)

see separate entry.