- Also rack rent. rent equal to or nearly equal to the full annual value of a property.
- to exact the highest possible rent for.
- to demand rack-rent from.
Origin of rack-rent
First recorded in 1600–10
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Examples from the Web for rack-rent
He and his successors contracted to pay a full or rack-rent of xijd.A History of Giggleswick School
Edward Allen Bell
Those who carry snuff-boxes are only his tenants; and hold them merely by virtue of a rack-rent, under him.
Thus, how miserable is the condition of the peasants in Russia, of the Irish "rack-rent" tenants!Socialism and the Social Movement in the 19th Century
Another common term is found in the word Head-rent, of which Gladstonians know no more than of Rack-rent.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Will they rack-rent their tenants in such a manner as to deprive them of the means of improving the estate?Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)
Thomas Hart Benton
- a high rent that annually equals or nearly equals the value of the property upon which it is charged
- any extortionate rent
- to charge an extortionate rent for (property, land, etc)
C17: from rack 1 (sense 12) + rent 1
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