Newcomers may rankle you at first, but these may be false starts to lifelong bonds.
“Operation Fast and Furious” continues to rankle some Republicans.
The much-vexed question of the Franchise continued to rankle in the hearts of the Uitlanders.
The blade is poisoned, dear, and the wound will rankle for a lifetime.'
Neither would, for a moment, think of allowing such incidents to rankle in his bosom.
Take a look at it now, if you will, for hereafter we'll let it bide and rankle as it must.
I am even fearful that it may swell and rankle to an alarming degree inwardly.
Sir Cæsar, too, had (all unwittingly) planted an arrow and left it to rankle.
And then, above all, there was her presence, her monstrous intrusion to rankle in his mind.
There is no sting to rankle, now that hope—hope for my boy—has gone.
c.1300, "to fester," from Old French rancler, earlier raoncler, draoncler "to suppurate, run," from draoncle "abscess, festering sore," from Medieval Latin dracunculus, literally "little dragon," diminutive of Latin draco "serpent, dragon" (see dragon). The notion is of an ulcer caused by a snake's bite. Meaning "cause to fester" is from c.1400. Related: Rankled; rankling.