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 Cancan.Cancer (the Crab) 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cancel,
 
to blot out, is merely “to make lattice-work.” This is done by making a cross over the part to be omitted. (Latin, cancello, to make trellis.) (See CROSS IT OUT.)   1
 


 Cancan.Cancer (the Crab) 

 
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