cant phrase

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  • All that they care about is having men who can adopt all their cant phrases. Cited from German Classics of the 19th & 20th Centuries, Vol. VIII, Ed. by Francke
  • They opened the conversation with certain cant phrases very clearly intended as passwords. Cited from Mistress Wilding, by Rafael Sabatini
  • You all know the person who says that the sound of an organ gives him holy thoughts, makes him feel good, as the cant phrase goes? Cited from The Altar Steps, by Compton MacKenzie
  • In forcing their members to work slowly they use certain cant phrases which sound most plausible until their real meaning is analyzed. Cited from Shop Management, by Frederick Winslow Taylor
  • "The rent of ability is a cant phrase in use among these people signifying the head." Cited from The Tables Turned, by William Morris
  • Is this passage the origin of the above cant phrases? Cited from Notes and Queries, Number 187, May 28, 1853, ed. by George Bell
  • It is queer street, a cant phrase, to signify that it is wrong or different to our wish. Cited from 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue,by Cpt. Grose
  • She could not bear to talk to him -- his conversation, garnished with low cant phrases, was so different from any thing to which she had ever been accustomed. Cited from Holidays at the Grange or A Week's Delight, by Emily Mayer Higgins
  • Avoid the use of proverbs in conversation, and all sorts of cant phrases. Cited from The Laws of Etiquette, by A Gentleman
  • I was not in love; though my imagination, to use a cant phrase of some of the sects, was greatly exercised. Cited from Afloat And Ashore, by James Fenimore Cooper
  • We talk in a cant phrase of the Man in the Street, but the Frenchman is the man in the street. Cited from Tremendous Trifles, by G.K. Chesterton
  • He must know all the cant-phrases, the cant-references. Cited from Yet Again, by Max Beerbohm
  • I shall have a swimmer; a cant phrase used by thieves to signify that they will be sent on board the tender. Cited from 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue,by Cpt. Grose
  • It shows that 'Friend of Humanity' isn't a cant phrase. Cited from Septimus, by William J. Locke
  • The tag has been all but outworn during these unending days of death; it has become almost a cant phrase which the judicious shrink from using. Cited from The Red Planet, William J. Locke
  • Once he saw a crowd either of prisoners or some other persons and gave orders (in the cant phrase) that they should all be slain from baldhead to baldhead. Cited from Dio's Rome, Vol. 4, by Cassius Dio
  • In speaking of his labors some cant phrase fell from their wise lips, synonymous with the "it is all a humbug" of our day. Cited from Town and Country, John S. Adams
  • Words and music have lost each other and new and cant phrases of a dimly understood theology have displaced the older senti- ment. Cited from The Souls of Black Folk, by W. E. B. Du Bois
  • A single instance, a cant phrase, a fatherly manner, might have wrecked him, by arousing ancient or latent opposition. Cited from Ordeal Richard Feverel by G. Meredith, v1
  • If we paused for a moment to examine the cheapest cant phrases that pass our lips every day, we should find that they were as rich and suggestive as so many sonnets. Cited from The Defendant, by G.K. Chesterton
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