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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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How sad to see such a landmark left to go to wrack and ruin.
The report points out that perfectly good houses have been left to go to wrack and ruin while consultants have been paid pounds 168m.
Are they just going to let that go to wrack and ruin? I'm puzzled about it.