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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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This country's going to wrack and ruin because of all the rules and regulations of this Government.
Pets Corner, such a haven for children with its picturesque caged bird displays, is going to wrack and ruin with some overgrowing with weeds.