His invectives ate in like corrosives, his metaphors bit like adders.
What wonder that the tree withers when its roots are watered with corrosives.
It is moreover the most violent of all the corrosives hitherto discovered by Chymistry.
But they were corrosives and caustics dropped blazing hot upon white men's bare hands and black men's bare feet.
It was the eating through of men's spirits by that worst of corrosives, idleness.