rack-rent

1 of 2

verb

rack-rented; rack-renting; rack-rents

transitive verb

: to subject to rack rent

rack rent

2 of 2

noun

1
: an excessive or unreasonably high rent
2
British : the highest rent that can be earned on a property

Word History

Etymology

Noun

rack entry 2

First Known Use

Verb

1621, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rack-rent was in 1621

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“Rack-rent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rack-rent. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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