It was clear that Long Ted's frustrated holiday was still a rankling subject in that worthy's breast.
Yet the knowledge imparted to him by the chambermaid was rankling in his mind.
The rankling question of Tacna and Arica has been at the base of the Peruvian attitude.
She could not understand the amount of offence which was rankling in Mary's bosom.
For the first time a rankling doubt of the wisdom of his decision disturbed his complacency.
The loss of the horse had been rankling in his heart all day.
Now, that this offence was rankling is p. 71evident, and it explains the fracas which took place at the opening.
The poison, rankling in her veins, she knew could not be expelled by idle sophisms.
An offence remained for ever rankling in his heart and mind.
Allow me to leave this room, my dear rankling, and I'll beg your acceptance of this one.
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.