rack

1
[ rak ]
/ ræk /

noun

verb (used with object)

Verb Phrases

rack out, Slang. to go to bed; go to sleep: I racked out all afternoon.
rack up,
  1. Pool. to put (the balls) in a rack.
  2. Informal. to tally, accumulate, or amass as an achievement or score: The corporation racked up the greatest profits in its history.

Origin of rack

1
1250–1300; Middle English rakke, rekke (noun) < Middle Dutch rac, rec, recke; compare Middle Low German reck, German Reck

Related forms

rack·ing·ly, adverb

Can be confused

rack wrack wreak wreckracked wracked wreaked wrecked

Definition for rack up (2 of 2)

rack

2
[ rak ]
/ ræk /

noun

ruin or destruction; wrack.

Verb Phrases

rack up, Slang. to wreck, especially a vehicle.

Origin of rack

2
First recorded in 1590–1600; variant of wrack1
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British Dictionary definitions for rack up (1 of 7)

rack up


verb (tr, adverb)

to accumulate (points)
Also: rack down to adjust the vertical alignment of (the picture from a film projector or telecine machine) so that the upper or lower edges of the frame do not show

British Dictionary definitions for rack up (2 of 7)

rack

1
/ (ræk) /

noun

verb (tr)

See also rack up

Derived Forms

racker, noun

Word Origin for rack

C14 rekke, probably from Middle Dutch rec framework; related to Old High German recchen to stretch, Old Norse rekja to spread out

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British Dictionary definitions for rack up (3 of 7)

rack

2
/ (ræk) /

noun

destruction; wreck (obsolete except in the phrase go to rack and ruin)

Word Origin for rack

C16: variant of wrack 1

British Dictionary definitions for rack up (4 of 7)

rack

3
/ (ræk) /

noun

another word for single-foot, a gait of the horse

Word Origin for rack

C16: perhaps based on rock ²

British Dictionary definitions for rack up (5 of 7)

rack

4
/ (ræk) /

noun

a group of broken clouds moving in the wind

verb

(intr) (of clouds) to be blown along by the wind

Word Origin for rack

Old English wrǣc what is driven; related to Gothic wraks persecutor, Swedish vrak wreckage

British Dictionary definitions for rack up (6 of 7)

rack

5
/ (ræk) /

verb (tr)

to clear (wine, beer, etc) as by siphoning it off from the dregs
to fill a container with (beer, wine, etc)

Word Origin for rack

C15: from Old Provençal arraca, from raca dregs of grapes after pressing

British Dictionary definitions for rack up (7 of 7)

rack

6
/ (ræk) /

noun

the neck or rib section of mutton, pork, or veal

Word Origin for rack

Old English hrace; related to Old High German rahho, Danish harke, Swedish harkla to clear one's throat
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Idioms and Phrases with rack up (1 of 2)

rack up


Accumulate or score, as in Last night's episode of that new sitcom racked up at least fifteen points in the ratings. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with rack up (2 of 2)

rack


In addition to the idioms beginning with rack

  • rack and ruin, go to
  • rack one's brain
  • rack out
  • rack up

also see:

  • on the rack
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