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  • n  a small hard painless nodule at the site of entry of a pathogen (as syphilis)

  • But the descriptions of the bloody strike at the North American-owned banana plantation, the militia's "chancre of blind obedience" and the lawyers' "sleight of hand" are as .
  • Even more startlingly, this skillfully articulated drama prefigures the spate of British plays (notably Peter Nichols' The National Health) that have dwelt on the inner chancre .

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