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It is very unworthy, I am afraid, but it is a canker that is eating my heart out.

I had rather be a canker in a hedge, than a rose in the grave.

The surface of the canker is black and rough and covered with minute black pimples.

Canker was too much astonished by such directness to make any reply.

The cheer is renewed by Canker's men, yelling and hat waving at the heels of the herd.

It was a bitter pill to have to go down and consult with Canker, but he did not know what else to do.

Beware of the little beginnings which 'eat as doth a canker.'

But the atrophy of responsibility proved the canker at the heart of the Empire.

This covetousness is like canker, that eats the iron place where it lives.

No wonder, no wonder, that like a canker it had eaten into his heart.

WORD ORIGIN

late Old English cancer "spreading ulcer, cancerous tumor," from Latin cancer "malignant tumor," literally "crab" (see cancer); influenced in Middle English by Old North French cancre "canker, sore, abscess" (Old French chancre, Modern French chancre). The word was the common one for "cancer" until c.1700. Also used since 15c. of caterpillars and insect larvae that eat plant buds and leaves. As a verb from late 14c. Related: Cankered; cankerous. Canker blossom is recorded from 1580s.

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