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RACK, punishments. An engine with which to torture a supposed criminal, in order to extort a confession of his supposed crime, and the names of his supposed accomplices. Unknown in the United States.
     2. This instrument, known by the nickname of the Duke of Exeter's daughter, was in use in England. Barr. on the Stat. 866 12 S. & R. 227.

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The report points out that perfectly good houses have been left to go to wrack and ruin while consultants have been paid pounds 168m.
The council has spent a small fortune on that toilet and it has been allowed to go to wrack and ruin.