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rack-rent

[ rak-rent ]
/ ˈrækˌrɛnt /
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noun
Also rack rent . rent equal to or nearly equal to the full annual value of a property.
verb (used with object)
to exact the highest possible rent for.
to demand rack-rent from.
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Origin of rack-rent

First recorded in 1600–10

OTHER WORDS FROM rack-rent

rack-renter, noun
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How to use rack-rent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rack-rent

rack-rent

noun
a high rent that annually equals or nearly equals the value of the property upon which it is charged
any extortionate rent
verb
to charge an extortionate rent for (property, land, etc)

Derived forms of rack-rent

rack-renter, noun

Word Origin for rack-rent

C17: from rack 1 (sense 12) + rent 1
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