This is a very strange way of showing your Respect, Mr. canker.
Beware of the little beginnings which 'eat as doth a canker.'
But she remembered Joseph of Pella, the shepherd; even then his wholesomeness was not without its canker.
This covetousness is like canker, that eats the iron place where it lives.
What is everything, if there is a canker at the heart; what matters if hell goes on burning in our lives?
No wonder, no wonder, that like a canker it had eaten into his heart.
Their lives had suddenly come to flower; and there was no canker in any of the blossoms.
She grew up unsullied by what was eating into me as a canker.
By some thrush is believed to be but the commencement of canker.
Archbishop Sands said: "This canker (usury) hath corrupted all England."
late Old English cancer "spreading ulcer, cancerous tumor," from Latin cancer "malignant tumor," literally "crab" (see cancer); influenced in Middle English by Old North French cancre "canker, sore, abscess" (Old French chancre, Modern French chancre). The word was the common one for "cancer" until c.1700. Also used since 15c. of caterpillars and insect larvae that eat plant buds and leaves. As a verb from late 14c. Related: Cankered; cankerous. Canker blossom is recorded from 1580s.
canker can·ker (kāng'kər)
Ulceration of the mouth and lips.
An acute inflammation or infection of the ear and auditory canal, especially in dogs and cats.