“Operation Fast and Furious” continues to rankle some Republicans.
Newcomers may rankle you at first, but these may be false starts to lifelong bonds.
The much-vexed question of the Franchise continued to rankle in the hearts of the Uitlanders.
There is no sting to rankle, now that hope—hope for my boy—has gone.
Neither would, for a moment, think of allowing such incidents to rankle in his bosom.
He has driven the arrow deep into her heart, and leaves it to rankle there.
I am even fearful that it may swell and rankle to an alarming degree inwardly.
With a morbid feeling of injured honour, he allowed it to rankle in his bosom.
And then, above all, there was her presence, her monstrous intrusion to rankle in his mind.
The blade is poisoned, dear, and the wound will rankle for a lifetime.'
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.