The promise so rankled the Taliban they issued a statement insisting that Pakistan should reject all foreign aid.
If it rankled, it was because it forced the audience to take a long look at their own imperfections, their own broken families.
The cynics among us will be rankled at the description of a book as “inspiring,” but Massie is the genuine article.
The family, and Jeb Bush in particular, manages to reconcile many of the tensions and contradictions that have rankled the party.
Her dogged willingness to keep the case in the spotlight has rankled authorities—which has only strengthened her resolve.
He rankled at the thought of this boy setting himself up as judge.
But, nevertheless, it was probably his other sin that rankled deepest in her mind.
It was the detection of the plumage that rankled in her soul.
The thing that rankled and filled him with a sense of failure was Max Wilson's attitude.
The sting of Billy's words yet rankled, and perhaps I was not so grateful to the little wretch as he deserved.
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.