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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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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.
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.
The juice is then racked off and left to ferment at a cool temperature for a week or so.