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on the rack

Definition of on the rack

British informal

  1. :  in a very bad or difficult situation <They had the other team on the rack in the first half.>



Word by Word Definitions

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  1. :  a wind-driven mass of high often broken clouds

  1. :  to fly or scud in high wind

  1. :  a framework for holding fodder for livestock

    :  an instrument of torture on which a body is stretched

    :  a cause of anguish or pain

  1. :  to torture on the rack

    :  to cause to suffer torture, pain, anguish, or ruin

    :  to stretch or strain violently

  1. :  to draw off (as wine) from the lees

  1. :  to go at a rack

  1. : :  either of two gaits of a horse:

    :  pace

    :  a fast showy 4-beat gait

  1. :  the neck and spine of a forequarter of veal, pork, or especially mutton

    :  the rib section of a lamb's forequarters used for chops or as a roast — see lamb illustration

  1. :  destruction


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