rack1 [ræk] n
[Sense: 1-3,5-7; Date: 1300-1400; : Middle Dutch; Origin: rec 'frame']
[Sense: 4; Origin: Old English wrAc 'unhappiness, punishment']
1.) a frame or shelf that has bars or hooks on which you can put things
a wine rack
a magazine rack
2.) the rack
a piece of equipment that was used in the past to make people suffer severe pain by stretching their bodies
Thousands of people were tortured on the rack.
3.) on the rack
BrE informal in a very difficult situation
The company is now well and truly on the rack.
4.) go to rack and ruin
if a building goes to rack and ruin, it gradually gets into a very bad condition because no one has looked after it
The house had been left to go to rack and ruin.
5.) AmE a three-sided frame used for arranging the balls at the start of a game of ↑snooker or ↑pool
6.) a rack of lamb/pork
a fairly large piece of meat from the side of an animal, that contains several ↑rib bones
7.) off the rack
AmE if you can buy something off the rack, you can buy it in a shop rather than having it specially made
British Equivalent: off the peg
A lot of designer clothes are now available off the rack.
rack 2
rack2 v
1.) [T usually passive]
to make someone suffer great mental or physical pain
Great sobs racked her body .
be racked by/with sth
Her face was racked with pain.
Liza was racked by guilt.
2.) rack your brains
to try very hard to remember or think of something
I racked my brains, trying to remember his name.
rack up [rack sth<=>up] phr v
to get a number or amount of something, especially a number of points in a competition
He racked up 41 points.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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