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rack-rent

[rak-rent] /ˈrækˌrɛnt/
noun
1.
Also, rack rent. rent equal to or nearly equal to the full annual value of a property.
verb (used with object)
2.
to exact the highest possible rent for.
3.
to demand rack-rent from.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10
Related forms
rack-renter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for rack-rent

rack-rent

noun
1.
a high rent that annually equals or nearly equals the value of the property upon which it is charged
2.
any extortionate rent
verb
3.
to charge an extortionate rent for (property, land, etc)
Derived Forms
rack-renter, noun
Word Origin
C17: from rack1 (sense 12) + rent1
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