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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CANT

And as to your cant of living single, nobody will believe you.

In the cant of modern metaphysics, the moment was psychological.

He must be told in the end, for we cant leave him here alone.

But we cant leave him to his fate, in this fashion, said Altamont.

Sheep was a cant word of the time for a spy, under the gaolers.

Nor did he suffer Whitefield's cant phrases to pass unchallenged.

He stroked his hand over the totem mark on the cant dog handle.

Flagg halted, swung around, and rammed his cant dog into the ground.

There was no other cant dog like it all up and down the Noda waters.

Cant is properly a double-distilled lie; the second power of a lie.

WORD ORIGIN

"insincere talk," 1709, earlier it was slang for "whining of beggars" (1640s), from the verb in this sense (1560s), from Old North French canter (Old French chanter) "to sing, chant," from Latin cantare, frequentative of canere "to sing" (see chant (v.)). Sense in English developed after 1680 to mean the jargon of criminals and vagabonds, thence applied contemptuously by any sect or school to the phraseology of its rival.

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