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And again Kirkwood sought Stryker, his carking query ready on his lips.

Meantime, I was not to know the carking anxiety of the out-of-work.

Memory worked with it—the carking memory of a failure of courage.

Distrustfulness, and carking cares, and contrivances for time to come.

He was sensible of a dull, carking shame, and yet was shameless.

Doubt—indefinite, carking doubt had taken possession of her.

Alluding to its tenacity of life and the carking wear of care.

But at midnight I sprang up—no longer would I endure the carking suspense.

In truth, it was so; heavy with the weariness caused by carking care.

It was just something—a sense of the carking hanging over life, and now and then turning to a real mischance or a heartache.

WORD ORIGIN

"to be weighed down or oppresssed by cares or worries, be concerned about," early 12c., a figurative use, via Anglo-French from Old North French carkier "to load, burden," from Late Latin carcare (see charge (v.)). Cf. Old North French carguer "charger," corresponding to Old French chargier. The literal sense in English, "to load, put a burden on," is from c.1300. Related: Carked; carking. Also as a noun in Middle English and after, "charge, responsibility; anxiety, worry; burden on the mind or spirit," (c.1300), from Anglo-French karke, from Old North French form of Old French carche, variant of charge "load, burden, imposition."

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