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insincere, especially conventional expressions of enthusiasm for high ideals, goodness, or piety.
the private language of the underworld.
the phraseology peculiar to a particular class, party, profession, etc.:
the cant of the fashion industry.
whining or singsong speech, especially of beggars.
to talk hypocritically.
to speak in the whining or singsong tone of a beggar; beg.
a salient angle.
a sudden movement that tilts or overturns a thing.
a slanting or tilted position.
an oblique line or surface, as one formed by cutting off the corner of a square of cube.
an oblique or slanting face of anything.
Civil Engineering, bank1 (def 6).
a sudden pitch or toss.
Also called flitch. a partly trimmed log.
oblique or slanting.
to bevel; form an oblique surface upon.
to put in an oblique position; tilt; tip.
to throw with a sudden jerk.
to take or have an inclined position; tilt; turn.
hearty; merry.
contraction of cannot.
Contemporary Examples

Harry Shearer on The Dangerous Business of Satire Lloyd Grove January 7, 2015
Catastrophe in Verse Eliza Griswold April 20, 2011

Historical Examples

Frank Merriwell’s Triumph Burt L. Standish
Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
For the Honor of the School Ralph Henry Barbour
The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
Seductio Ad Absurdum Emily Hahn
The Field of Ice Jules Verne
Winona of the Camp Fire Margaret Widdemer
The Field of Ice Jules Verne

insincere talk, esp concerning religion or morals; pious platitudes
stock phrases that have become meaningless through repetition
specialized vocabulary of a particular group, such as thieves, journalists, or lawyers; jargon
singsong whining speech, as used by beggars
(intransitive) to speak in or use cant
inclination from a vertical or horizontal plane; slope; slant
a sudden movement that tilts or turns something
the angle or tilt thus caused
a corner or outer angle, esp of a building
an oblique or slanting surface, edge, or line
verb (transitive)
to tip, tilt, or overturn, esp with a sudden jerk
to set in an oblique position
another word for bevel (sense 1)
oblique; slanting
having flat surfaces and without curves
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) lusty; merry; hearty
(Bible) Canticles

… Slang is universal, whilst Cant is restricted in usage to certain classes of the community: thieves, vagrom men, and — well, their associates. … Slang boasts a quasi-respectability denied to Cant, though Cant is frequently more enduring, its use continuing without variation of meaning for many generations. [John S. Farmer, Forewords to “Musa Pedestris,” 1896]

Canticle of Canticles

can’t abide
can’t but
can’t complain
can’t do anything with
can’t fight City Hall
can’t help
can’t hit the broad side of a barn
can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
can’t make head or tail of
can’t punch one’s way out of a paper bag
can’t see beyond the end of one’s nose
can’t see the forest for the trees
can’t seem to
can’t stand
can’t wait


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