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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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My complaint is that they are all happening at the same time, and motorists are getting thoroughly racked off with continual hold-ups everywhere you go in Coventry.
Techniques: Crushed grapes in their entirety--in-cluding juice, pomace, seeds and stems--are sealed in a clay jar buried in earth and racked off after six months.
Brianti smelt blood and racked off four successive games in the second set, which included two breaks of serve to put herself on the brink of her first ever win at the French Open.