verb (used with object)
  1. to exact the highest possible rent for.
  2. to demand rack-rent from.

Origin of rack-rent

First recorded in 1600–10
Related formsrack-rent·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for rack-rent


  1. a high rent that annually equals or nearly equals the value of the property upon which it is charged
  2. any extortionate rent
  1. to charge an extortionate rent for (property, land, etc)
Derived Formsrack-renter, noun

Word Origin for rack-rent

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