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Adjective: racking  ra-king
  1. Causing great physical or mental suffering
    "a racking pain";
    - wrenching
Verb: rack  rak
  1. Go at a rack
    "the horses racked";
    - single-foot
     
  2. Stretch to the limits
    "rack one's brains"
     
  3. Put on a rack and pinion
    "rack a camera"
     
  4. Obtain by coercion or intimidation
    "They racked money from the executive by threatening to reveal his past to the company boss";
    - extort, squeeze, gouge, wring
     
  5. Run before a gale
    - scud
     
  6. Fly in high wind
     
  7. Draw off from the lees
    "rack wine"
     
  8. Torment emotionally or mentally
    - torment, torture, excruciate
     
  9. Work on a rack
    "rack leather"
     
  10. Seize together, as of parallel ropes of a tackle in order to prevent running through the block
     
  11. Torture on the rack

See also: painful

Type of: anguish, clutch, draw, excruciate, fleece, fly, gazump [Brit], hook, hurt, overcharge, pace, pain, pluck, plume, prehend [archaic], process, put to work, rob, sail, seize, soak, strain, stress, surcharge, take out, torment, torture, try, wing, work, work on

Encyclopedia: Racking

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